Gun sales spike following Connecticut shooting

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Updated: 12/17/2012 3:13 am
As the country tries to cope with the Connecticut shooting tragedy, many are looking for a way to feel safe again, and it shows in gun sales.

J.D. Clay with Sharp Shooters said they have recently seen a spike in firearms sales.

"We did see some traffic on that. You know, just a lot of awareness instilled in people for personal protection and things like that," Clay said. "They realize, again, much like the deal that happened in Colorado earlier this year, it's a very real thing."

"You can count on me. I'm going to carry it anywhere that I legally can."

A recent gun owner and a father, Daniel Sickles said the Newtown shooting really struck a chord.

"I've got two girls, and actually, I've got a five-year-old. So, it really hit home with the age ranges of these kids, and it really haunts me," Sickles said. "I was in Dallas when it happened, and I think that's all I talked about for six hours, on the drive from Dallas to here. It's really sticking with me."

He said staying aware has become second nature.

"I'm always going to check it at hospitals, banks, schools," Sickles said. "I have respect for the fact that, if a friend doesn't want me carrying it in his house, I won't carry it. I'll check it at the door. I'll of course give my spiel to a friend, but anywhere that law forbids it, I don't carry."

Clay said they want every customer to feel comfortable with a firearm before leaving the store.

"We have guys up here that will teach introductory to handguns, firearms and things like that. We get them to shoot, get them taught on gun safety and things like that," Clay said. "But as far as a first-time gun buyer coming in here and handling it, show them how it works, you know, basic safety like that. Give them a crash course on it, and get them through it, and they're good to go."

In Texas, the Castle law allows citizens to have a gun in certain places without a concealed handgun license, such as your home or car, but Clay said they have also seen an increase in customers looking to get CHL certified.
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