Florida set to break gun sales records, more background checks in the aftermath of Newtown Massacre

Nearly 800,000 people bought new guns in 2013

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- - Gun sales are booming in Florida as new data shows more and more people bought guns in 2013 than in previous years.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released new statistics that show the state is set to break records in terms of how many people bought guns from authorized dealers.

By the end of the year, nearly 800,000 gun background checks will have been completed.

Many experts pointing to the Newtown School Massacre and the proposed law the followed.

"There's a concern there. I didn't really think any of that legislation would pass. But just in case it might, I wanted to make sure I got it before then," said David Douglas of Lake Worth who just purchased an AR-15 in 2013.

Douglas was referring to the proposed gun restrictions that sparked national debate after the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre.

In the months after the shooting, the numbers of gun background checks spiked.

"Banner year. Just drove the market to probably its highest levels if not THE highest levels in probably the history of selling firearms," said Chuch Papp at the Palm Beach Shooting Center.

Papp said his sales are up 50-to-60% in 2013. He said the more politicians in Washington D.C. talked about guns, the more he sold.

"We were telling people back in January, February, March, 'Nothing is going to change, we've seen this before,'" said Papp.

In the end, a stalemated Congress did not pass any new gun laws.

Consumers like Douglas said now that he has gone through a "scare," he thinks gun are not going anywhere.    

"No I don't think they are, here to stay for sure," said Douglas.

The numbers released by FDLE only include authorized gun dealer sales.

Gun shops suspect a similar trend is happening among private dealers, which is legal.

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