SAN ANTONIO -- Gun sales across the nation are seeing a spike in wake of the tragic movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado. San Antonio is no exception.
While many could easily live without a gun, it appears some of those people are now in need of a firearm.
“There’s people coming into the industry purchasing firearms for the first time -- and a lot of them,” said Jerry McCall, who owns Texas Guns off Bandera Road.
McCall’s store has been selling guns for years. Sales have been good this year, he said. But this week, sales have been "tenfold."
“I talk to my suppliers, my distributors and sales are up, product is down. It’s hard to get product right now,” McCall said. “The demand is outpacing the supply.”
McCall said there’s a few things attributing to the spike in sales. For one, he said many fear the tragedy in Colorado might lead to tougher gun regulations. He also said more people just want to better protect themselves whether it’s against a gunman or just an intruder. And that means gun classes are also booming.
“People aren’t only buying guns," he said. "But what I’m seeing is more wanting to train with those guns, so our trainings are increasing.”
Lastly, McCall said an arms trade treaty being finalized by the UN could also have people running out to the guns stores.