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A Glock 9mm pistol. Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images
"A national debate over weaknesses in state and federal gun laws" following Saturday's deadly rampage in Tucson, Ariz., "has stoked fears among gun buyers" and led to a surge in sales of Glock pistols and other handguns, Bloomberg News reports.
Police say the gunman in Saturday's attack used a Glock to kill six people at a meet-and-greet event held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). Another 14 people, including Giffords, were wounded.
According to Bloomberg:
"One-day sales of handguns in Arizona jumped 60 percent on [Monday] compared with the corresponding Monday a year ago, the second-biggest increase of any state in the country, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation data. From a year earlier, handgun sales ticked up yesterday 65 percent in Ohio, 16 percent in California, 38 percent in Illinois and 33 percent in New York, the FBI data show, and increased nationally about 5 percent.
"Federally tracked gun sales, which are drawn from sales in gun stores that require a federal background check, also jumped following the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech, in which 32 people were killed."
"When something like this happens people get worried that the government is going to ban stuff," Arizona gun shop owner Greg Wolff tells Bloomberg.