TN gun sales up since Sandy Hook shooting

Lora Bridges at Sevier Pawn & Loan looks up the value of a gun that someone is trying to sell. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

Lora Bridges at Sevier Pawn & Loan looks up the value of a gun that someone is trying to sell. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

SEYMOUR, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The effects of the school shooting at Sandy Hook are still being felt here at home in Tennessee with the number of gun permit requests going up by tens of thousands.

"It's just a busy time of year for anybody in the gun business," said Lora Bridges at Sevier Pawn & Loan.

Bridges says sales keep coming in and out of the door. She says typically Christmas is a busy time of year, but this year with the economy and the shooting at the elementary school have lead to more people wanting to sell and buy guns.

"Normally this rack right would be full there won't be any empty spaces on the rack," said Bridges. "Our sales are probably up 30%."

In Tennessee, permit requests keep going up. In 2010, there were a total of 298,832 requests, the number grew in 2011 to 347,792, and not including December the number was already at 379,209. The immediate week after the Sandy Hook shooting, TBI reports 36,769 background checks for firearm purchases between 12/14 and 12/23.
Elizabeth Thomas, of Seymour, says the problem isn't the guns, she says it's people not teaching their children about gun safety.

"You've got to sit down and talk to your kids, They hear everything from everybody in school, who do you want them to learn from?" she said.

It took some folks up to an hour to get approved for a gun permit on Wednesday.

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