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Colorado Shooting Sparks Gun Sales Here

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In the wake of the theater shooting in Colorado last week, gun sales have spiked across the country, even in Reno.

"I actually had someone come in yesterday and say they were going to a movie and they wanted a gun because they felt they needed protection," said Safe Shot Gun Range General Manager Jim Harwin. "In my opinion it is terrible when people are gunning up to go the movies."

Well, there's no evidence people are actually arming themselves in public places. But there is evidence they are buying guns. You see every sale requires a background check and the Department of Public Safety reports the requests for background checks spiked on Monday by 80 and again on Wednesday by 40 statewide.

"It's not a huge increase in sales here, but a little bit," Harwin said. "People just feel they need to be ready in case something happens."

Officials also say that you have to keep in mind that gun sales seem traditionally to rise during an election year when there's even a chance that current gun laws could change.

During Wednesday's one-on-one interview, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he doesn't believe Congress should pass any new gun control laws in the wake of last week's deadly shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Instead he said we need "better efforts to identify and deter people who are deranged."

Last night, during a campaign event in New Orleans, President Obama also addressed the same issue. " I, like most Americans, believe that the second amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms. I think we recognize the traditions of gun ownership that passed on from generation to generation. That hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage. But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals."

Obama went on to say he wants to work with Congress to pass tougher background checks for gun purchases.

Written by Erin Breen

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