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Gun Sales Surge in Delaware

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Shooter's Choice gun shop in Dover which has seen gun sales increase this year. (Photo: Nick Layman WBOC) Shooter's Choice gun shop in Dover which has seen gun sales increase this year. (Photo: Nick Layman WBOC)
Shooter's Choice gun shop in Dover which saw a very busy President's Day. (Photo: Nick Layman WBOC) Shooter's Choice gun shop in Dover which saw a very busy President's Day. (Photo: Nick Layman WBOC)
Handguns at Shooter's Choice gun shop in Dover where the owner says handguns are her most popular guns. (Photo: Nick Layman WBOC) Handguns at Shooter's Choice gun shop in Dover where the owner says handguns are her most popular guns. (Photo: Nick Layman WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- Gun sales in Delaware surged this past December and January.

According to published reports distributed by the Associated Press, a total of 12,556 federal background checks were submitted and conducted for people buying guns through gun shops in Delaware.

This is a 26-percent increase from December 2014 to January 2015, according to the data shared by the AP. 

Beth Parsons, owner of Shooter's Choice gun store in Dover, said the rise in gun sales can be due to localized fear. 

"Politics, for one. People are afraid of losing their rights," she said. "So they're going to go out and get their gun before they are afraid that they can't get a gun."

The background checks are required by federal law. Some gun stores only require one form of identification, but Parsons says she requires two. 

"A lot of my customers are offended by that, because it's no longer a state requirement, or a federal requirement, where it used to be."

She said she thought it best to protect her business by asking for that second form of identification in case a gun gets into the wrong hands.

"The reason they want guns is for self-defense, sports shooting, collecting, you name it," she said. 

Parons also said she has seen an increase in women buying guns recently. She said they also come in for classes as crime becomes more of a reality in Kent County. 

Background checks for firearm purchases more than tripled between January 2006 and January 2016 in Delaware, the AP shared.

Since 2013, the state has required all gun sales to be subject to federal background checks.

Data shows Delaware's rate of gun purchases in 2015 was roughly 25 percent lower than the rate nationwide, according to the report published by the AP. 

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