Gun sales shoot up nationwide

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Amarillo, Texas - In recent weeks, more and more people are pulling the trigger and getting a gun, or in some cases getting more guns.

2011 was a record year for firearm sales, and it doesn't look like things are slowing down anytime soon.

Burnie Stokes, owner of Panhandle Gunslingers says, "We've done at least 50%, maybe 75% more than we do in a normal year."

So what has people so trigger happy?

Some say it's the predicted "End-of-the-World" looming near. But others say it's not December 2012 getting people fired up, it's November 2012.

Stokes explains, "A lot of times elections will bring a fear of unrest because you don't know what's going to happen. When one particular candidate imposes a fear of gun registration or gun regulations, that would encourage a lot of people to get out and buy guns."

In fact, the FBI performed a record number of instant background checks on would-be gun buyers over the last year.

The Lone Star State placed second on that list.

Not only have gun sales shot through the roof in recent months, Amarillo is also seeing many other growing trends, an increased number of first-time gun buyers, many of whom are women, and there are more concealed-carry classes being offered than ever.

Stokes reasons, "There are a lot of women who are at home alone and there are a lot of single moms out there. I think women are being a little more pre-cautious than they used to be."

The most popular firearm flying off shelves? The handgun.

We're told that's because it's easy to use, won't break the bank, and is great for protection.