Colorado Gun Sales Skyrocket After Movie Theater Massacre

| by Michael Allen

The recent shooting at a theater in Colorado that left 12 dead and 58 wounded has turned out to be a huge boom for gun dealers.

The Denver Post reports that data from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation shows that between Thursday’s shooting and Sunday, background checks for people wanting to buy firearms were up 43 percent over the same period a week earlier.

On Friday, 1,216 people applied to purchase a gun. But because buyers are allowed to purchase more than one firearm, the actual number of guns sold could be even higher.

Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo employee Jake Meyers said: “It’s been insane. A lot of it is people saying, ‘I didn’t think I needed a gun, but now I do When it happens in your backyard, people start reassessing, ‘Hey, I go to the movies.’”