Florida gun sales: binge buying continues


Gun sales in the Gunshine State are up sharply for the first quarter of 2013, according to data from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

FDLE tracks the number of requests for background checks its Firearm Purchase Program receives from dealers.

The data does not include private sales, which do not require a background check.

The data shows requests for the checks are up by more than 100,000 for the first three months of 2013.

The state saw a modest increase in firearms sales in 2008, followed by a more significant jump after the 2012 elections.

Many local gun dealers are still struggling to stock their shelves. Arms and ammunition have become scarce.

Most popular military-style firearms are selling at inflated prices, as are their accessories.

2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
JAN 114,563 55,220 50,387 44,035 49,072 36,025
FEB 95,868 68,723 57,220 48,343 51,585 38,458
MAR 77,444 65,267 54,441 49,779 53,514 37,634
APR 54,916 46,765 40,699 47,013 34,965
MAY 52,614 41,826 38,026 39,211 34,036
JUN 53,072 41,830 37,011 36,741 32,676
JUL 53,907 41,741 38,746 37,076 33,114




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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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