Gun Sellers, Law Enforcement Point to Increased Weapon Possession in North Idaho

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The headlines says it all: "Elections good for gun sales."

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that northern Idaho gun retailers and law enforcement are seeing a spike in gun ownership.

"It's an election year," Eric Johnson of Coeur d'Alene's Downtown Guns and Ammo told the Press. "Anytime a Democrat gets elected, people start to panic a bit. This year, there's even more on the re-election. The majority of people start to panic."

Johnson said he saw firearms sales increase long before the recent shooting tragedy in Aurora, Colo. He attributed the jump to politics.

"They're buying just about everything," Johnson told the Press.

Concurrently, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department said that it had issued 1,173 permits for concealed weapons in all of 2011, but by mid July of this year, the number was already past 1,200.

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