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Gun interest spikes in Oklahoma City since Colorado theater shooting

Customer interest in guns has increased since the Colorado theater shootings, an Oklahoma City gun shop owner says.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: July 25, 2012 at 10:36 pm •  Published: July 25, 2012
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Oklahoma City gun shop owners say interest in guns has spiked since 12 were killed and 58 wounded last week in a Colorado movie theater.

“We're still a little early into this, but we're following what are some unique trends,” said Miles Hall, founder and president of H&H Shooting Sports Complex, which has a retail store, firearms and archery ranges, classes and a cafe.

Hall said fear sparked by the killings at the Aurora, Colo., premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” is driving people into his store.

“I do not believe it is about gun control and panic buying,” Hall said. “I think it has everything to do with fear and (people) wanting to take care of themselves.”

Twice the number of customers purchased items or used the shooting range during the weekend after the Colorado killings compared to the prior weekend, Hall said.

Most customers seem to be in their 30s, and they're evenly split between men and women, Hall said.

Sales were up about 40 percent compared to the same weekend last year, he said.

Hall, who communicates informally with 27 large-scale gun dealers across the U.S., said some reported triple-digit increases in gun sales the weekend after the Colorado killings, while a smaller number reported no change.

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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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