Gun Sales Spike In Amarillo, Some Blame Tucson Shootings

Burnie Stokes, Panhandle Gunslingers
Burnie Stokes, Panhandle Gunslingers

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Gun sales are surging in Texas, and many are linking it back to the tragedy in Arizona.

The shooting in Arizona is causing some local residents to rethink their own safety... By either buying a gun or applying for a concealed license to carry one.

At Panhandle Gunslingers, they didn't see the after Christmas business slow down they usually see... Not only that, but the majority of that increase in business is coming from first-timers who've never considered buying guns before now.

Burnie Stokes says, "It's not if it happens, but when it happens. History is always repeating itself. If it's the Oklahoma City bombing, the World Trade Centers, or if it's the incident in Arizona, there's always something that after a period of time will resurface and come back.

Nationwide gun sales have gone up 5% since Saturday. In Arizona, there's been a 60% spike in sales. In Texas, the requests for background checks for first time gun-buyers has gone up more than 16%.