ByÂ Michael RileyÂ -Bloomberg News
Greg Wolff, the owner of two Arizona gun shops, told his manager to get ready for a stampede of new customers after a Glock-wielding gunman killed six people at a Tucson shopping center on Jan. 8.
Wolff was right. Instead of hurting sales, the massacre had the $499 semi-automatic pistols — popular with police, sport shooters and gangsters — flying out the doors of hisGlockmeister stores in Mesa and Phoenix.
â€œWeâ€™re at double our volume over what we usually do,â€ Wolff said two days after the shooting spree that also left 14 wounded, including Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition.
A national debate over weaknesses in state and federal gun laws stirred by the shooting has stoked fears among gun buyers that stiffer restrictions may be coming from Congress, gun dealers say. The result is that a deadly demonstration of the weaponâ€™s effectiveness has also fired up sales of handguns in Arizona and other states, according to federalÂ law enforcement data.
â€œWhen something like this happens people get worried that the government is going to ban stuff,â€ Wolff said.
Arizona gun dealers say that among the biggest sellers in the past few days is the Glock 19 made by privately held Glock GmbH, based in Deutsch-Wagram,Â Austria, the model used in the shootings.
One-day sales of handguns in Arizona jumped 60 percent to 263 on Jan. 10 compared with 164 the corresponding Monday a year ago, the second-biggest increase of any state in the country, according toÂ Federal Bureau of Investigation data.
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