Gun Sales Spike in Tenn. Following Connecticut Shooting

Dec 20, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It was likely a record weekend for gun sales in Tennessee.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said in an email that the agency performed 9,772 background checks over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That's 500 more than the second biggest weekend on record — Black Friday and the two days that followed in November.

Background checks do not indicate how many guns were actually sold because buyers can purchase more than one gun.

John Harris is executive director of the gun rights advocacy group the Tennessee Firearms Association. He said many people he knows are purchasing guns and ammunition because they are concerned that certain weapons will soon be banned.

President Obama called for stricter gun control after the horrific elementary school shooting in Connecticut on Friday.