SACRAMENTO, CA - More people are choosing to give guns as gifts this year.
According to recent FBI data, in November, licensed gun dealers requested 1.53 million federal background checks for prospective gun buyers, breaking the record for the month set in 2008.
"Sales are up 32 or 33 percent so things are going really well," Just Guns manager Josh Deaser said. "Gun sales have been good. Ammunition sales. Targets. Anything for the accessories has been very good this year as well, so anything across the board has been better than last year."
Another popular gift: Personal defense items like pepper sprays and stun guns, with one of the country's biggest manufacturers saying sales are up significantly over last year.
"Basically, the idea is to get the ladies out of the mall and into my shop," Carrollton, KY Glauber's Sports Owner Randy Glauber said.
Higher sales have helped several firearm retailers like Kentucky Gun Company in Bardstown, KY, where crowds of gun shoppers contributed to the state's 203,683 gun background checks last month, the highest in the nation.
"Our phones have been jammed. We've had so many cars in the parking lot, they're overflowing into one of my neighbor's lots," Owner Patrick Hayden said. "I'm going to have to go over and give them a holiday ham!"
By Natalie Sentz, firstname.lastname@example.org