Florida Gun Sales Roaring at a Record Pace After Sandy Hook Massacre

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Get 'em while they're hot.
After the incomprehensible tragedy in Connecticut last Friday, most Floridians reacted like the rest of the nation: by crying, hugging their kids, and having an honest conversation about mental illness and gun control. Tens of thousands of Sunshine State residents, however, also took the massacre as a cue to head to their local gun shop to make a fevered run on high capacity magazines and assault rifles before the GUBMINT steps in to take them away.

Background checks in Florida for new guns have soared by 135 percent since the mass child killing, with a particular run on the kind of high powered weaponry at the center of most new gun control proposals.

The Tampa Bay Times ran the numbers on statewide background checks, which are required for any new gun purchase at a licensed shop.

On Friday, the day that Adam Lanza killed 20 kids and seven adults, Floridians set a new record for December with 4,805 requests; by Saturday, that jumped to 6,945, a 44 percent jump from the previous Saturday.

The trend slowed on Sunday, a traditionally slower day for gun sales, but jumped by an even greater degree this Monday and Tuesday, with 5,735 and 7,105 requests respectively. That Tuesday figure is a 135 percent leap from the previous Tuesday, the Times reports.

One gun shop owner the paper tracked down confirmed that assault rifles and high capacity magazines were the hottest sellers, saying "it's the media driving it more than anything else."

Maybe he means guys like Rush Limbaugh, who gave the Sandy Hook tragedy all of a couple days before spending hours on his show warning his listeners that Democrats would "use" the crime to push tighter gun controls.

Don't count on it. While President Obama has created a task force and promised quick action, House Republicans have already signalled they'll be as firm in opposing new gun control laws as they've been in rejecting the president's fiscal cliff proposals.

In the meantime, the bonanza will probably continue for Florida gun shops.

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Juan Arce
Juan Arce

I love republican morons. Sit on your guns, while holding the constitution on new years eve and pull the trigger at midnight.

Juan Arce
Juan Arce

To answer your question Trevor, the majority of weapons used in Detroit and Chicago are usually purchased outside of the cities and in most cases, Canada.

Juan Arce
Juan Arce

How can anyone seriously argue that we wouldn't be a better country tomorrow, if no guns were in the hands of our citizens??? Stop holding onto this outdated and out of touch 2nd amendment.

Trevor Gaffney
Trevor Gaffney

Juan lets look closer to home Care to share the stats from Detroit and/or Chicago, you know where they have the strictest gun control laws in our nation?

Juan Arce
Juan Arce

So the statistics from around the world in democratic countries that have gun bans are made up? You must be a republican.

Anyelina Pérez
Anyelina Pérez

Remember how during prohibition of alcohol, no one drunk a drop of booze? That's how good will work a gun ban!

Trevor Gaffney
Trevor Gaffney

Fidel imposed gun control on that island and we know how that turned out.....

Anyelina Pérez
Anyelina Pérez

A gun ban will create gun dealers/cartels, profits and more power to government and we will become an easier target to criminals.

Juan Arce
Juan Arce

How about we take all of these gun freaks and drop them off on an island. It'll work its self out....

Ronn Brown
Ronn Brown

Shame on your friggin Floridian but jobs!!

Larry E Jackson
Larry E Jackson

By the way, the world didn't end today, So I'm texting (Can we just all get along) before the next end of the World Watch!!!

Zip Per
Zip Per

That should put a stop to the madness ;) SMH ..

Glen Wren
Glen Wren

So what reaction should we take when the next mass shooting happens in FL? resigned disappointment? shock? let me know so I can practice in the mirror, holding my semi automatic rifle.

Jenn EV
Jenn EV

koch brothers profiting like a motherfucker. gunban comes, still profitting like a motherfucker. all part of the supply demand game

Hvt Rob
Hvt Rob

so bizzarre. Considering this State can't even count votes or handle an electoral process without some catastrophic fuck up, I'm not surprised.

notdweeb
notdweeb

"High powered weaponry" is pretty misleading, especially in the case of the Sandy Hook Massacre. The gunman used pistols for his crimes; the AR - that was in the trunk of his car and ENTIRELY UNRELATED, shoots a round with only a little more power than a handgun round. "High powered" can only honestly refer to elephant guns.

tim.elfrink
tim.elfrink moderator editor

@notdweeb That's incorrect on almost all fronts. The Bushmaster was the primary weapons Lanza used to kill those kids. He left a fourth gun, a shotgun, in the car. Second, the Bushmaster is high-powered for a civilian weapon by any sane definition of the term. It was specifically engineered by the company to use loopholes in the previous assault weapons ban.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

@tim.elfrink @notdweeb The "ban" expired 8 years ago, any so called loopholes are irrelevant.  Can you PLEASE elaborate which parts of the "ban" would have protected those kids?  Was it the part disallowing pistol grips?  Or perhaps the part about flash hiders?  No no, for sure it was the bayonet attachment.

tim.elfrink
tim.elfrink moderator editor

 @notdweeb @HarryTheHandyman No one is arguing the original ban would help anything. It was a horribly flawed piece of legislation, and Bushmaster took advantage of those flaws to sell a hugely popular, totally legal semiautomatic that by any rational definition is in fact an assault rifle. What would help those kids is a well crafted ban against all semiautomatic weapons -- including the Bushmaster.

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