Fear prompts gun sales, panic after Colo. massacre

An Aurora Police officer talks on his radio outside of the Century 16 theater at Aurora Mall where as many as 14 people were killed and many injured at a shooting at the Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora, Colo., Friday, July 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

July 25, 2012 4:26:05 AM PDT
Firearms sales are surging in the wake of the Colorado movie theater massacre as buyers express fears that anti-gun politicians may use the shootings to seek new restrictions on owning weapons.

In Colorado, the site of Friday's shooting that killed 12 and injured dozens of others, gun sales jumped in the three days that followed. Numbers also show a bump in places like Florida, Oregon, California and Seattle's home county.

Shop owners say customers are concerned that lawmakers might try to push through an anti-gun agenda in response to the shooting, which killed 12 people and wounded dozens of others.

Others are interested in making sure they are able to protect themselves if they were ever in a similar situation.