Iowa Gun Sales, Permits Up After Colorado Shooting
DES MOINES, Iowa - The shooting at a Colorado movie theater in Aurora has a lot of people asking what they can do to protect themselves.
Some in Iowa are seeking firearms for self-defense. Gun sales, background checks and requests for concealed weapons training have jumped in the days following the shooting.
At JLM Gun Shoppe in Urbandale, much has been said about the tragedy in Aurora, Colo.
"Everybody, of course, their first thought is what a tragedy it is for the people involved and second, they are just in awe that nobody was there armed. There was nobody there to try and stop this guy," said Mike Sporer of JLM Gun Shoppe.
Since the shooting last Friday, business has been brisk, Sporer said.
"A lot of these folks are saying, 'Hey, listen this could happen anywhere.' Small community in Colorado, it could happen anywhere and a lot of people have wanted to arm themselves," said Sporer.
Polk County saw an increase in gun permit applications starting on Monday.
Polk County Sheriff's spokeswoman Jana Rooker said the department usually receives about 10 applications per day. In the last two days, they've received nearly 60 applications per day.
"Also an increase in phone calls. People calling wanting to know how they get an application and also people just asking various questions," said Rooker.
People are also calling James Moncherry, the owner of Active Defense Awareness Training, which offers firearm and conceal carry weapon courses.
"We're getting quite a significant increase in response to that, quite literally even in emails, people are literally stating, 'I'm getting in touch with you based on this incident," said Moncherry.
Moncherry said course-registration and inquires have increased tenfold since Friday for classes in Iowa and Colorado -- just miles from where the shooting happened.
"We don't ever hope for a situation like that to increase our business, but we do happen to have courses that are coming up in Denver and Fort Collins in August," said Moncherry.
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