TUALATIN, Ore. – Gun sales are up in Oregon.
Oregon State Police reported more than 32,000 background checks on potential gun owners from Dec. 14 through Jan. 3. That’s more than double the number from the same period a year ago.
Many of those new gun owners are signing up for safety classes.
Ryan Tuttle, owner of Threat Dynamics in Tualatin, Ore., said so many people called after the shootings at the Clackamas Town Center and in Newtown, Conn., he doubled the number of safety classes at his business.
“That’s definitely unheard of,” Tuttle said. “It’s certainly the first time we’ve had that influx.”
Kelly Holdiman used Facebook to get some of his friends together to take a gun safety class at Threat Dynamics on Saturday.
“A lot of people were saying we want to get a gun to help protect my family and my friends,” said Holdiman. “Well, do it responsibly. This is a way to do it responsibly.”
Holdiman, who owns a magazine about off-roading, said he noticed the trend after the deadly shootings.
“Instead of everybody running amok with guns, it’s a way to show how to treat guns with respect and properly carry them in your community,” said Holdiman.
Tuttle said his gun shop is almost sold out of weapons, and all January classes are full.
“I was concerned they weren’t going to take it to the next level and get the training necessary. That’s why we ramped up and structured our class training,” said Tuttle.