Sales of guns, ar­mored back­packs jump in wake of school mas­sacre

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

SALT LAKE CITY — The re­ac­tion to the Con­necti­cut school shoot­ing can be seen in gun stores and self-de­fense re­tail­ers across the na­tion: Anx­ious par­ents are fu­el­ing sales of ar­mored back­packs for chil­dren, while firearms en­thu­si­asts are stock­ing up on as­sault ri­fles in an­tic­i­pa­tion of tighter gun con­trol mea­sures.

A spike in gun sales is com­mon af­ter a mass shoot­ing, but the Con­necti­cut tragedy has gen­er­ated record sales in many states. Colorado set a sin­gle-day record for gun back­ground check re­quests the day af­ter the Con­necti­cut mass shoot­ings, and some on­line re­tail­ers are re­mov­ing as­sault ri­fles from web­sites in part be­cause of di­min­ish­ing sup­plies.

Ne­vada saw more re­quests for back­ground checks in the days af­ter the shoot­ing than any other week­end this year. Some gun shop own­ers are even hold­ing back on sales, an­tic­i­pat­ing only more in­ter­est and value af­ter Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on Wed­nes­day tasked his ad­min­is­tra­tion with cre­at­ing pro­pos­als to re­duce gun vi­o­lence.

At least three com­pa­nies that make ar­mored back­packs de­signed to shield chil­dren caught in a shoot­ing also are re­port­ing a large spike in sales and in­ter­est.

The body ar­mor in­serts fit into the back panel of a child’s back­pack, and they sell for about $150 to $300.

The ar­mor is de­signed to stop bul­lets from hand­guns, not as­sault ri­fles like the one used by the Con­necti­cut shooter. The man­u­fac­tur­ers say that while they don’t guar­an­tee chil­dren won’t be killed, they could still be pro­vide pro­tec­tion.

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