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Gun sales soar across America following Colorado massacre

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Gun sales are soaring across the country, including in Florida and Colorado, in the wake of the Colorado movie massacre last week.

Florida recorded close to 2,400 hundred background checks Friday, the day of the shooting. That's up 14 percent from the week before.

Meanwhile, Colorado state officials said it approved background checks for almost 3,000 gun applicants over the weekend – a jump of 25 percent.

It's thought some are running out to bear arms because of concerns that Congress could pass stricter gun laws. It's also thought some are simply afraid of more violence.

"Some were buying AK-47s and things of that nature," said gun shop owner Warren Marshall. "They were pretty much all buying for fear of their own safety, considering what happened in Aurora. They want to be prepared as much as possible."  

More people have been applying to buy guns over the last few days in Oregon and California as well.

It's not the first time an increase like this has happened.

Background checks to buy firearms soared by 60 percent after Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was injured in Arizona last year, and a similar spike happened after the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007.

Currently about 950,000 Floridians have active concealed weapons permits. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who operates the gun permit program, said his office is issuing between 10,000 and 15,000 permits every month.

At that rate, Florida would pass the million permit mark before the end of the year. Putnam says Florida has seen increasing demand for gun permits in recent years. So he has hired more workers to handle the extra workload and expanded the states Fast Track system. It allows gun owners to renew their weapons permits faster.

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