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Since 2007, the beginning of the largest economic downturn since the Great Depression, and throughout the slow recovery and continued uncertainty, gun sales in Colorado have soared, based on the number of people getting criminal-background checks.

The number of those checks, required for gun purchases, has climbed 58 percent over the past five years, with spikes this year immediately after the Aurora theater massacre and the abduction and slaying of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway.

Nationally, gun sales this post-election Black Friday broke all records, overwhelming the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s background-checking system.

Despite drops in violent crimes in past years, a volatile mix of political and social
Dave Bayer, left, and Richard Taylor, managers of Firing-Line, Colorado’s largest gun shop, are answering questions from a customer by phone. (Photos by Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
fears is driving more people to arm themselves, experts say.

Read more at The Denver Post

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