The mass shooting at a movie theater in Colorado Friday may be affecting gun sales in College Station, according to Champion Firearms employees.
“People are really looking for a chance. Those people in that theater did not have a chance. They had to wait until he was done to get out of there,” said Katie Stulce, Champion Firearms owner. “I don't want to save the world, but I at least want to be able to save myself and my loved ones.”
Stulce said customers have been buying smaller guns that they can carry with them since the shootings in Colorado. Beginner handgun and concealed handgun classes have also been filling up faster than usual.
“I think [customers] have thought about it and they think, ‘Hey I have this, I don't know how to be safe with it. I'm going to go learn, so I can protect myself if I need to’,” said Stulce.
Assault firearms, like one of the guns used in Aurora, are also selling more.
“With precise shots, he could shoot 30 people or more with one magazine. If he had more with him, that just doubles and triples," said Champion Firearms Employee Clint Davis.
Customers usually buy AR 15’s for recreational shooting and hog hunting, so they're stocking up in case legislation tightens gun regulations.