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Guns sales have spiked in Colorado, days after a shooting rampage in movie theater left 12 dead and 58 injured. The AP's ...
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[[LOCATION: AURORA, COLORADO] [Notes:SOURCE: KMGH]THE SHOOTING INSIDE A COLORADO THEATER LAST WEEK WHICH KILLED 12 AND INJURED DOZENS OF OTHER SENT RIPPLES[Notes:SOURCE: ASSOCIATED PRESS] OF FEAR THROUGHOUT AMERICA..ONE INDICATION-GUN SALES IN COLORADO HAVE SURGED. [SOT][[SUPER: BRIAN COOPER/GUN OWNER] "I think the question has been asked what if someone had a concealed weapon in that theater."[[VOICE OVER] WE MET BRIAN COOPER, A GUN OWNER AT A SHOP CALLED THE GUNNER'S DEN IN ARVADA, COLORADO. [[SOT]][[SUPER: BRIAN COOPER/GUN OWNER] "the reality is we can't have a police officer trailing us wherever we go." [[VOICE OVER] THE COLORADO BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION REVIEWS AND APPROVES THE BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR NEW FIREARMS PURCHASES…THE AGENCY SAW A 40 PERCENT JUMP IN BACKGROUND CHECKS IN THE FOUR DAYS AFTER THE SHOOTING.[[SOT]][[SUPER: SUSAN MEDINA/COLORADO BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION] " there's a queue period, depending on the volume we have there's a queue until a member of our staff is able to review a background."[[VOICE OVER] THE STAFF CHECKS WITH 7 DATABASES TO MAKE SURE A PROSPECTIVE BUYER DOESN'T HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD. [[VOICE OVER] BACK AT THE GUNNER'S DEN, COOPER WAITED ABOUT 30 MINUTES TO PICK UP HIS RIFLE…[[SOT][[SUPER: DICK RUTAN/OWNER, THE GUNNER'S DEN]"I think people are concerned that they can't even go to a movie without possibly being in fear for their life." [[VOICE OVERTHE SHOP'S OWNER DICK RUTAN SAYS HE'S NOT SURPRISED MORE PEOPLE ARE BUYING FIREARMS. THE SHOOTING SUSPECT JAMES HOLMES PASSED ALL BACKGROUND CHECKS WHEN HE BOUGHT AN ASSAULT RIFLE, A SHOT GUN AND HANDGUNS. HE ALSO BOUGHT THOUSAND OF BULLETS. HIS PURCHASES WERE ALL LAWFUL. THE QUESTION IS SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT NOW TRACK SALES-[[SOT]][[SUPER: PETER AHERN/FORMER FBI AGENT] "Whether anybody is really tracking that, that answer would be no. I think maybe if somebody at a retail shop shop saw that an individual was purchasing 50,000 rounds of .10 caliber ammunition, that might send a flag up. They'd be looking into a why? Is it a gun club? But there is no real legislation or oversight on ammunition purchases."[[VOICE OVER]PETER AHERN IS A FORMER F-B-I AGENT- [[SOT][[SUPER: PETER AHERN/FORMER FBI AGENT] "There is no strategic look at purchases of ammunition, just like there is no strategic look at purchases of weapons by law enforcement or anybody else."[[VOICE OVER] GUN SHOP OWNER DICK RUTAN SAYS HE'LL REFUSE ABOUT A SALE A WEEK IF SOMEONE GIVES HIM THE WRONG IMPRESSION-SOT'either because my questioning makes them nervous or I've just flat out told people I don't like your manner and if you have alcohol on your breath-forget it." [[ VOICE OVER] RUTAN SAYS HE TEACHES HIS CUSTOMERS THAT WITH THE GREAT POWER OF FIREARMS, COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY. JOHN MONE ASSOCIATED PRESS, ARVADA COLORADO.(****END****)