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Local gun store sees spike in sales after theater shooting

Local gun store sees spike in sales after theater shooting

By Rikki Cheese. CREATED Jul 23, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Gun sales at one local store are up 15 percent after the massacre that left several dead and injured in Colorado last week.

11-year-old Julia Ziabb was at The Gun Store on East Tropicana on Monday shopping with her father.

"It's just tragic. Why would anybody want to hurt somebody that hasn't even done anything to him?" Julia said. "Why would anybody want to violate somebody else's life?"

Store owner Bob Irwin had a simple answer about the alleged shooter.

"He's obviously crazy." said Irwin.

Irwin says sales spiked 15 percent after Friday night's mayhem in a Colorado movie theater. Classes for concealed weapons permits filled up too.

"We had the class on Saturday morning, and Friday we had 23 people that had signed up in advance on the website," Irwin said. 

The theater in Colorado is a no-weapons zone. Even concealed weapons are banned.

Julia's dad, John Ziabb, said that's a mistake.

"My personal view is, if there were more concealed weapons holders out there, that could have probably prevented it," John said. "Maybe even lowered the numbers."

Some Canadian tourists at The Gun Store on Monday disagreed.

"It's kind of why we're here at the range is because we don't get these weapons in Canada so, we never get to fire them," Brad Hawthorn said.

Sharon Colebroon said her country's strict gun control laws keep them safe, but she admitted, no law could have stopped the alleged killer.

Colebroon said, "If somebody's really determined they'll still find a way to get the guns anyway."

The alleged Colorado shooter legally bought about $15-thousand dollars in guns, ammunition and body armor. He passed his background checks.

Irwin is concerned about people trying to copy the alleged killer.

He said, "My concern with it is that he's going to get national publicity.. and the next guy will want the same thing. And I think as long as we keep doing that we're going to keep having these things happen where people do these strikingly insane things to get the publicity to make them famous."

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Rikki Cheese is currently an anchor and reporter for Action News.