(WWBT) - Gun sales in this country are spiking in the aftermath of the San Bernardino terror attack.
In fact, stock in Smith and Wesson has soared to its highest level in eight years.
Gun transactions in Virginia have increased 20 percent since the terror attack in California last Wednesday.
Between December 2 and December 7, Virginia State Police ran 13,199 mandatory criminal background checks of gun buyers. During the same time frame last year, there were only 8,803 background checks run by state police.
There's no way to determine if the sale went through, but this gives you a good picture of the activity in the Commonwealth.
The phenomenon of gun transactions spiking after mass shootings is now a trend. After the massacre at the elementary in school in Sandy Hook, Conn., gun transactions that December were up 79 percent in Virginia.
Here's a look at the numbers in the days after the shooting, as compared to that same time frame last year.
- Wednesday, 12/2/15 - 1,537
- Thursday, 12/3/15 - 2,252
- Friday, 12/4/15 - 2,273
- Saturday, 12/5/15 - 3,301
- Sunday, 12/6/15 - 1,341
- Monday, 12/7/15 - 1,995
- Total - 13,199
- Tuesday, 12/2/14 - 1168
- Wednesday, 12/3/14 - 1210
- Thursday, 12/4/14 - 1,433
- Friday, 12/5/14 - 1,948
- Saturday, 12/6/14 - 2,306
- Sunday, 12/7/14 - 738
- Total - 8,803
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