The Federal Bureau of Investigation recorded more than 16.8 million background checks for gun purchases in 2012, the highest number since the FBI began publishing the data in 1998.
Customers fear future gun restrictions from Democrats and Congress.
Press TV reported:
US gun sales have hit a record level and with the latest mass killing, stores are running out of stock as significant sales tops is being reported on assault rifles.
During the first eleven months of this year, the FBI has conducted 16.8 million background checks, breaking last year’s record of 16.5 million not including the current sales hikes after the Connecticut school massacre.
“We are seeing a total madhouse of buying everything in sight,” said one gun storeowner in Las Vegas on Friday, adding, “We have not only a run on the guns, but a run on ammunition.”
The largest retailer of guns and ammunition in the US, the Walmart, has reported that several semiautomatic guns are sold out at various locations around the country.
The Walmart, which forbids sales of profane music, stocks the criticized assault firearm, AR-15, used at both mass killings in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut.