The number of people trying to buy guns in Colorado nearly doubled in the two days after the deadly shooting rampage near Denver, state records show.
According to the NY Daily News, gun permit applications jumped 40 percent on Friday and Saturday in Colorado — just hours after suspected gunman James Holmes opened fire on a packed movie theater in Aurora, Colo., killing 12 and wounding more than 50.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigations conducted 1,216 background checks the morning after the midnight massacre, compared with 881 a week earlier. The next day was even busier: 1,243 asked for gun permits, while only 849 people had applied a week before.
In Colorado, firearm permits and background checks can be filed electronically over a system called “InstaCheck” — which means someone with no criminal record can get a gun almost immediately.
The InstaCheck system website warned customers it was extraordinarily busy Monday. “The unit is currently experiencing an extraordinarily high volume of requests for firearm background checks,” read a message displayed on the website. “Due to the record setting transaction volume, unless the transaction is delayed, the anticipated response time will be within 24 hours.”
In the U.S., 49 states allow people to carry concealed firearms outside their homes or businesses; only the District of Columbia and Illinois forbid the practice.
Experts said it was not uncommon to see a surge of applications for weapons permits following a mass shooting.
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