Middle TN gun sales remain steady as gun control debate continues
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Gun sales in Middle Tennessee have grown significantly since the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last December.
"These last few months since December, it's [sales] been pretty much up, up, up," Nashville Armory general manager Andrew Brenemen told Nashville's News 2.
In January, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the agency ran 59,716 background checks on people trying to purchase guns from licensed gun dealers, like the Nashville Armory.
That number is up from 31,846 in January 2012.
In February, the number was 57,503 up from more than 45,136 in February of 2012.
Ongoing talks of stricter gun laws in Washington D.C. gun sales steady.
"I think when legislation is pending, and people start talking about it and the debate goes nationally, I think it takes a lot of those people who are on the fence and moves them over and they say I'm going to get a gun or there are the others who say they're going to ban these I need to get one," Brenemen said.
Shoppers at the Nashville Armory aren't just buying one particular type of gun either.
"Strangely enough it's not usually the rifles, the go up but the handgun sales go through the roof," Brenemen added.
While gun owner Jarred Hutto isn't rushing out to buy any new guns just yet, he understands why others are.
"I think it's just a natural reaction to the possibility of something being not offered in the future," Hutto told Nashville's News 2,
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has yet to release any numbers on background checks for the month of March, but the Nashville Armory expects them to be up as well.