26 Jul 2012

Gun sales soar after Denver shooting

11:24 am on 26 July 2012

The number of people seeking to buy guns in the American state of Colorado has soared since the mass shooting in a cinema in Denver last week.

Some gun shop owners say there have been queues waiting for them to open and requests for firearms training have increased.

A record number of people have applied for the background checks necessary by law to purchase a gun, the BBC reports.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation says nearly 3000 people were given approval over the weekend, 43% more than the previous weekend.

There are no figures for the actual sale of guns but gun shop owners report a rise.

People are reportedly saying they want to have a chance to protect themselves and their families if they were ever put in such a situation.

The shooting at a cinema showing the new Batman movie left 12 people dead and 58 injured.

Tweny of those injured remain in hospital.

The suspect, James Holmes, made his first court appearance this week.