Gun shops report a run on accessories such as extended magazines like that used in Saturday's mass shooting in Tucson, reports USA Today. Customers apparently are motivated by fears that lawmakers will try to limit magazine capacity in the wake of the shooting. Jared Loughner allegedly used a Glock 19 with an extended magazine to kill six people and wound 13 more, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. A random check of dozens of gun stores across the nation by USA TODAY reporters found no indication that sales of Glock guns are surging, but some reported increased customer interest in the extended magazines.
“We have seen an uptick in high-capacity magazine purchases, but not specifically Glocks,” says Jonathan Pirkle of Coal Creek Armory in Knoxville, Tenn. He says that if talk of a ban “lasts a month, then you will see them going quickly.” Gregg Wolff, owner of two Glockmeister stores in Arizona and a website that specializes in Glock pistols and accessories, also says customers are stocking up on the extended magazines. The FBI says it conducted 7,906 background checks for handgun purchases Monday; the same day in 2010, there were 7,522. The checks don't reflect actual sales. High-profile shootings often prompt increased interest in the firearms used, says Andrew M. Molchan, director of the Professional Gun Retailers Association. “It's the notoriety,” he says, and the “talk about banning things.”