Gun Sales Increase After Colorado Theater Shooting
"That guy was sick. He did a horrible thing and I can see why they're going to want to start buying more guns to protect themselves."
Less than a week after the violent shooting rampage at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, that's exactly what people are doing. According to a national report, the state approved background checks for nearly 3,000 people looking to buy a firearm after twelve people were killed and dozens more were injured in their city. Jacaman guns and ammo owner, Robert Jacaman says it's relatively easy to purchase a gun.
"Pistols, you have to be 21 and anyone can buy as long as you pass the FBI background check."
Jacaman says even assault weapons like AKA's and AR's and rifles like the ones used in the massacre just require someone to be 18 and pass the background check. So as people in the state of Colorado stock up on guns, is that the case here in Laredo.
The owner of Jacaman guns and ammo says people locally are buying guns but not because of the recent Colorado massacre.
"People right now the way the economy is are looking for something to protect themselves with."
He says the main reason he hears people coming in to buy a weapon for protection is from the drug cartels that may make their way across the border and create spillover violence.
"Even though it hasn't come over here, but people are still very nervous because they hear and see what's on the news and of course want to be protected. There's just too much going on around us."
We spoke to a few Laredoans to see if they feel the need to arm themselves for protection after the Colorado massacre.
"I don't think it should raise alarm nationwide, but it's like everything. You're going to have a few people that are a little paranoid and of course they're going to go out and purchase a gun."
"I do support people trying to protect their loved ones and their properties and everything, but I don't think that's the answer. A lot of people have guns, but what for?”