Firearm shops across the country are seeing a surge in sales and South Jersey is no different.
The shelves at Just Sports in Cape May Court House are more barren than ever. The guys there say they've never seen anything like it.
"We've never seen anything that comes close to approaching the demand of right now," Owner Bud Dunham said.
While a fierce fire fight takes place in Washington over gun control following the Sandy Hook tragedy last month, it appears the driving factor behind this trend is fear.
"Customers are scared, customers are scared they are going to lose their rights to own guns. They are afraid the guns are going to get taken away," Just Sports employee, Joseph Dombrowski said.
The guys here at Just Sports have been selling guns for nearly two decades, they say this recent spike doesn't surprise them, but what has shocked them is the new demographic that is grabbing up so many firearms.
"A lot of women. A lot of women that are first time purchasers. They have never shot a gun, never owned a gun, but now they are looking to buy."
Middle Township police say since the Sandy Hook shooting they have had to assign additional staff to keep up with doing the background checks.
"Just in the first half of January we have had 31 applications which puts us on the pace for 700 applicants for the year and that's more than double what we did last year," Middle Township Police Capt. John Edwards said.
Experts say as long as the gun debate is hot in Washington they don't see this trend slowing down anytime soon.
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