Gun sales up in Wisconsin, nationally

A shooter practices his aim at The Shooters Shop gun range, which is expanding to meet surging demand. Image by Journal Sentinel files

Gun sales up in Wisconsin, nationally

By The Associated Press. CREATED May 6, 2012

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gun sales are up in Wisconsin, reflecting a national trend.

Firearms-related businesses in the state say they are having a difficult time meeting demand. They say the rising demand is being generated by factors ranging from Wisconsin's concealed carry law to presidential politics.

Exact figures on firearms sales don't exist. But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that based on the number of calls made to the FBI and Wisconsin Department of Justice for background checks related to firearms purchases, more guns are being sold this year than ever.

But not everyone is happy with the increase in gun sales.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says higher household gun ownership "correlates with higher rates of homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings."