Surge in Colorado gun sales

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Associated Press

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 24 at 11:01 PM

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The deadly shooting rampage at a Colorado movie theater has prompted a sudden surge in gun sales in the state and elsewhere.

In three days, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has approved background checks for nearly 2,900 people seeking to purchase a firearm. That's 25 percent more than the average Friday-to-Sunday period this year.

In Arizona, the owner of A.J.I. Sporting Goods in Apache Junction estimates he's seeing as much as 40 percent more traffic than usual in the days after the killings. Jeff Serdy says many customers are expressing concern that lawmakers will use the shooting to try to pass gun restrictions.

Political analysts say there is little appetite in Congress for such laws.

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APPHOTO NCHIG101: Randy Hodges holds a firearm at the Gun Vault in High Point N.C. Monday July 23, 2012. Issues of gun sales, especially assault rifles and large amounts of ammunition, have come into the forefront since a single gunman entered an Aurora, Colo., theater shortly after midnight Friday and began firing indiscriminately at men, women and children. (AP Photo/The Enterprise,Sonny Hedgecock ) (23 Jul 2012)

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APPHOTO DCSA105: Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., center, leads a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 24, 2012, to criticize the sale of high-capacity magazines for assault rifles that are sold to the public. From left are, Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Lautenberg, and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y. A previous federal ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines was allowed to lapse in 2004. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (24 Jul 2012)

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