AUSTIN (KXAN) – Nine people were killed in last Thursday’s attack. It’s almost expected now– right after a mass shooting, many state and national leaders call for tighter gun control laws. But those calls lead to more firearm sales nationwide.
This is Michael Cargill’s fifth year running Central Texas Gun Works and his tenth year teaching concealed handgun classes. He says the times after high profile venue shootings are his busiest.
“It’s an increase in classes, it’s an increase in gun sales, it’s an increase in transfers. So our NICS background checks goes through the roof,” said Cargill.
Every time somebody wants to buy a gun they have to fill out paperwork for a (NICS) background check. The FBI keeps track of background checks on a month by month basis. Each year there are more gun sales and there is a spike after a high profile shooting and the call for gun control afterward. The most drastic jump was the month of the Newtown shooting. In Texas the number of background checks nearly doubled to 240,000 in December 2012.
“December when that shooting happened, sales soared so high in January and February everything ran out of stock. We had a hard time getting any type of firearm, any type of ammunition whatsoever,” said Cargill.
He says there are two main reasons. Mass shootings remind us that tragic events can happen anywhere and people buy firearms for protection. Also, when the President and other leaders call for stricter gun laws, people rush to the stores just in case firearm restrictions ever become reality – to buy now, while they still can.
While gun sales are on the rise nationwide, according to FBI documents, gun sales go down in the months immediately following a mass shooting- in the state where it happened. But after two to three months, sales go right back up again.
We all know many Texans own a lot of guns but they actually weren’t the biggest buyers this year. According to the National Criminal Background Check System , Texas ranked number three when it came to background checks for gun purchases with just over one million.
In second place was California with 1.1 million background checks.
But first goes to Kentucky.There were more than two million background checks for gun purchases this year.
This year, Texas universities are deciding where guns are allowed on campus after lawmakers passed the state’s campus carry law. UT-Austin will have it’s second public forum Monday. Anyone can attend. That’s from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Texas Union Ballroom.