RENO, NV - Interest in guns and concealed weapons permits have increased around the country in wake of the Aurora shootings last Friday morning in Colorado. In that state background checks for people wanting to buy guns are up 25%. Here in Nevada, nearly 100 more background checks were performed last Monday when compared to two weeks ago.
The scene in Aurora Colorado last Friday was frightening even for those who weren't there.
Images on the screen of those dead and wounded at the hands of an armed gunman have prompted some people to think about taking up arms.
At the Women's Shooting Academy in Reno, owner Vicki Kawelmacher says she received more than half a dozen calls from women on Monday morning.
“Just Monday alone, not just conceal carry but I've had 7 ladies sign up for hand gun training. 2 mentioned Aurora. It's a big deal, its a big deal,” says Kawelmacher.
Kawelmacher is certified to teach concealed weapons classes as well.
But she says she won't take someone in that class unless they've had a gun safety class first.
At Bizarre Guns manager John Clement shows us a Glock, easily he says the most popular hand gun sold in this country, and a gun that is often carried by someone with a concealed weapons permit.
He says he is frequently asked about what it takes to gain such a permit.
“See what kind of experience they have. Are they a new shooter, if they have experience. Then we will determine where we are going to send them. For instance, we give some basic instruction when they buy the firearm from us to make sure they know how to handle the gun safely. They know how to load it, and unload it. They know how to take it apart and clean it if necessary. We don't want someone walking out of here not knowing about the firearm they are buying. That's ridiculous and that is dangerous,” says Clement.
Washoe County Sheriffs office says its too soon to know if there's a spike in concealed weapons applications.
However, historically it's happened before when there's been a mass casualty where a lone gunman's been involved.