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Marked increase in glock sales after Tucson shooting

by Jorge Hernandez on January 12, 2011

Glock pistol sales in Arizona surged 60 percent higher two days after the unexpected Tucson shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords by a lone gunman wielding the same weapon.

One-day glock sales also increased in other parts of the nation at an average of 5 percent, with the biggest increase of 65 percent in Ohio and notable changes in Illinois, New York and California, Bloomberg News reports.

"We’re at double our volume over what we usually do…When something like this happens people get worried that the government is going to ban stuff,” Arizona gun shop owner Greg Wolff told the news source.

Arizona gun dealers told Bloomberg that the Glock 19, the model used in the Tucson shootings, saw the most marked increase in sales.

The disturbed 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner opened fire on Giffords and a crowd of people on January 8, killing six and wounding 14. Giffords, who suffered a bullet wound through her brain, is currently hospitalized and showing slow signs of recovery.

According to Bloomberg, national gun sales also jumped significantly immediately following the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007, though gun shop owners say most people who buy the guns are motivated to protect themselves from any future such occurrences.

Critics of Arizona's lax gun laws are focusing on the fact that Loughner's petty criminal record did not prevent him from buying a gun and that the clip he used allowed him to fire 33 rounds without reloading.

New York Representative Carolyn McCarthy said she would work to ban such high-capacity clips, the news source reports.

Meanwhile, two Northern California sheriffs are working to simplify the process for residents to obtain concealed weapons permits, according to the Sacramento Bee.

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