Jul 25, 2012

Sales Are Up

Following the trend of sales and background checks up 60 percent in Arizona after Congressperson Gabrielle Giffords was shot, and in Virginia after the Virginia Tech University shootings in 2007 - sales and background checks in Colorado are up... way up.

Fighting fire with return fire.

Anecdotally, there are lines in front of Colorado gun shops, and firearm safety courses are booked solid for weeks.

Why? Maybe folks are tired of being victims?

The Internet cafe patron who shot and injured two men as they tried to rob the business will likely not face any criminal charges.

"Based on what I have seen and what I know at this time, I don't anticipate filing any charges," said Bill Gladson of the State Attorney's Office for 5th Judicial Circuit.

Gladson said he has reviewed the security surveillance video from the cafe. While he still awaits final reports from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, he said the shooting appeared justified.

Samuel Williams, 71, who fired the shots, has a concealed weapons permit, according to the Sheriff's Office. Under Florida law, a person is allowed to use deadly force if he or she fears death or serious injury to themselves or others. As long as the person isn't committing a crime and is in a place where he or she has a right to be, they are considered to be acting within the law.

Williams, who lives in Ocala, could not be reached for comment on Monday. But at least one of his 30 fellow patrons at the cafe wants to thank him.

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