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Gun Sales Soar Over Holiday Weekend

Published On: Nov 24 2012 09:58:08 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 24 2012 11:24:04 PM CST

CBI Estimates 4,000 tried to purchase a rifle

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Many lined up for hours to get a great deal on Black Friday.  As predicted TV's were hot ticket items and in Colorado, so were guns.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation reported it was on track to perform 4,000 background checks Friday on people purchasing firearms.

That's about 1,000 more than a single-day record set by in 2011.

"This is holiday season, fire arms are a popular gift," said Paul Paradis, Owner of Paradise Guns.

Paradis estimates his sales are up 20 percent from last year at this time.

"The longest wait we had today was three hours for a background check, normally, they take about half an hour to an hour that depends on the number of gun shows in the state," he said.

Tim Eickmeier is among the thousands this weekend in Colorado buying a gun.  "Gun buyers buy guns regardless of what day it is," he said.

While the CBI doesn't keep track of why gun sales are soaring, Paradis has his own ideas.

"There has been a number of high profile crimes recently," Paradis said.  He also credits the election for rising sales.  He adds more women than ever are also buying guns.

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