Robert Caselnova, the owner of a gun shop which is in 10 minutes from the school where Adam Lanza killed dozens of people of Friday, revealed thta firearms flew off his shelves over the weekend.
Caselnova also reported that the highest demand was for AR-15 style rifles, a weapon the 20-year-old gunman used in the Newtown massacre.
The owner of the gun shop admitted that the Lanzas did visit his store in the past, separately, but never made any purchases.
After the Newtown’s shooting, restarted talks over gun control can influence consumer demand for guns.
According to industry experts, fears that stricter laws will follow such incidents push people to stock up on firearms before regulators can clamp down, The Huffington Post reports.
However, this weekend’s spike in business was unprecedented, gun shop owners in California, Connecticut and North Carolina claim.
Larry Hyatt, who owns of North Carolina-based Hyatt Gun Shop, which is said to be America’s largest independently owned gun store, revealed he had so many queues on Saturday, that he had to call in extra salespeople.
“We already have tons of customers because of Christmas, hunting season is peaking right now, and not to mention, the election,” Hyatt said.
“But this tragedy is pushing sales through the roof,” he added. “It’s like putting gasoline on a fire,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Sandy School shooting also sparks interest in gun buyback programs across the country.
For two years, the pastor of a church in East New York, a rough neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., David Benke has sponsored a gun buyback program at his church, where residents have the possibility to change their firearms for cash.
The pastor reports that in the wake of the horrific shootings in the Sandy School, many members of the community expressed their desire to participate in buyback events.
“I have been receiving calls from people now saying, ‘Can I come by today? I need to come by next week,’” he described. “We’re in the shadow of a terrible tragedy and something that affects each family in the United States right now.”
Statistics show the last two days have seen a spike in participation at such program. In Baltimore, Oakland, Calif., and Evanston, Ill. prescheduled events were held Saturday with many now-former gun owners expressing horror at Friday’s events.
Arturo Hurtado, a Richmond, Calif., native, explained to reporters that the grief over the killed children at Sandy Hook Elementary School caused him to get rid of his gun.
“I’ve got kids, man,” Hurtado said, before saying goodbye to what he called “that darn thing” for cash from the police department. The man has four young children, and worries about the gun getting into their hands. “I don’t know,” he said. “I just know it had to go.”
Thus, the massacre in Newtown gave organizers “an even greater sense of urgency” in a community regularly devastated by gun violence.
At the event, people traded over 40 guns for $100 each. “We’ve gotten guns that people weren’t comfortable having,” police chief Richard Eddington said. “If we take these unsecured guns out of circulation, we’ll prevent these accidental shootings.”