Record number apply for gun registration 1 day after Conn. shooting

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by Jonathan Costen, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 20 at 7:10 PM

NORFOLK-- Virginia State Police say more than 4,000 people applied for a gun registration on Saturday, Dec. 15, the day after the deadly rampage in Connecticut.  That is the highest volume of transactions received in one day since implementing the Firearms Transaction Center program in 1989.

Some local gun-shop owners say they've been extremely busy since last week's shooting where 20  children and six adults in were killed. 

Gun-shop owner Ron Hess told 13News, "We're up 30 to 35 percent because of all of the scare tactics that the media has put on the air since the shooting."

One state lawmaker, Democratic Delegate Joseph Morrissey, said Wednesday he will introduce a bill to ban the sale of assault-style weapons and large capacity magazines. 

A federal assault weapons ban expired in 2004, but several states have laws prohibiting them.

One Hampton Roads parent told 13News, "I don't know why anyone, any citizen, should need to own an assault weapon or need to own a clip that holds more than ten bullets at a time."
 

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