- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City area gun stores are reporting a sharp increase in sales following a recent spate of home invasions.

Store owners attribute the rise to a combination of local, national and international events, including the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California. Another factor cited is the public pressure for tougher gun control measures, according to the Sioux City Journal (http://bit.ly/1OflrZM ).

Paul Barrett, the owner of Shooter’s Paradise, said he has seen a 30 percent rise in sales in the last month and a half, compared with the same period last year. Some customers have voiced concerns over a rash of car thefts and burglaries in Sioux City, he said.

“Everybody has their own idea of why they want (a gun),” Barrett said.

Chrissy McCalmont of Sioux City had never owned a gun. But after hearing reports about a couple of recent home invasions in Sioux City, she decided it was time to arm herself.

“I just think it’s a good idea to have (a gun) if you got a family, to protect your family,” McCalmont said. “Just for proper protection.”

Anecdotal reports of surging gun sales are coming in across the nation, and government data seem to support the claims.

This year, Black Friday, one of the largest holiday shopping days, was also the largest single day for FBI firearm background checks, which are required before a buyer can purchase a weapon. Although the numbers don’t precisely depict how many guns have been sold - not everyone is approved and some people never buy a gun - they do show more people are attempting to buy guns.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 185,345 requests on Nov. 27, breaking the previous record set in December 2012 in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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