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Wash. gun sales, permits skyrocket

01/10/2013 01:14 EST | Updated 03/12/2013 05:12 EDT
Officials in Washington say gun sales and permits have skyrocketed over the past two months.

Theresa Gianneto, the records manager for the Spokane Police Department, says people line up for permits every morning.

“We have a line of 40 people when we open at 8:30 in the morning,” she told CBC News.

Gianneto says the department is handing out about 100 concealed weapons permits every day, and they’re having a tough time keeping up with requests.

“Whenever there is a mass shooting we do see a spike in the number of gun sales and concealed weapon applications, but not like the one the Sandy Hook shooting has caused,” she said.

“I think it has something to do with normal panic behavior, complicated by the fact our politicians are actually talking about gun legislation.”

Gun shop owners in Washington State say the same thing.

Terry Rogers, who owns All American Arms in Spokane, says December was the busiest month he's had in 17 years.

“December is one of the worst months for our business. Always has been,” he said. “We've probably doubled in sales over our best month.”

Rogers figures the reasons are two-fold — the re-election of President Barack Obama and the talk of gun control brought about by the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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