SMYRNA, Ga. - A surge in gun sales after last week's shootings in San Bernardino, California
is leading to more than just long lines at local gun shops.
It is a growing trend, with more than 185,000 applications filed nationwide on Black Friday alone.
"My heart grieves for those that were affected by the tragedy, and yes, that was the last straw for me," gun owner Sharrette Dyson said.
Dyson was one of several first-time gun buyers whom Channel 2’s Aaron Diamant found.
First-time gun buyers have to go through a background check. It's generally a quick process, completed in a matter of minutes.
Diamant found that as gun sales have shot up over the last week, so has the number of applications flagged by the feds.
"Normally, it would be around 10
percent of people would be delayed on their background checks. Now, maybe we're seeing 15 to 20 percent of transactions are delayed," Eric Wallace, with Adventure Outdoors, said.
"It's across the board
. There's really no specific type of person who we're seeing an increase of delays on at all .” Gun range operators told Diamant they've also been flooded over the last few weeks .
Diamant asked the FBI to
comment, but a representative told him the bureau doesn't comment on transaction volumes.