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Holiday Gun Sales are Smashing Records

December 14, 2011, by Ken Jorgustin

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Gun sales are surging off the charts this year as more and more people are ‘locked and loaded’. Holiday gun sales are setting records this year, according to firearm dealers, with shoppers snapping up Colts, Glocks, Smith & Wesson’s and more, with a fever usually reserved for Elmo and Transformers.

Apparently, people are doing what they need to do to protect themselves and their families. The category of firearm that has continued to sell very well is something one would have if they were concerned about their personal safety. There’s a lot of things going on in the world that are getting people thinking – like desperate criminals breaking into homes while people are sleeping…

 

During ‘Black Friday’ this year, gun dealers flooded the FBI with background check requests for prospective buyers, smashing the single-day, all-time high by 32%, according to bureau records. Deputy Assistant FBI Director Jerry Pender said the checks, required by federal law, surged to 129,166 during the day.

Larry Keane, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said 25% of the purchases typically involve first-time buyers, many of them women. “I think there also is a burgeoning awakening of the American public that they do have a constitutional right to own guns,” Keane said. “It’s really pretty amazing,”

 

Another hot stocking stuffer: Personal defense items like pepper sprays and stun guns, with one of the country’s biggest manufacturers saying sales are up significantly over last year.

 

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