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More people arming themselves since terror attacks

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8/CNS) - Following the recent spike in deadly terror attacks around the world, including the one in San Bernardino, there has been a spike in gun sales in the country.

The increase in gun sales seems to be fueled by the fear of increased gun laws rather than the need for increased protection.

Inquiries about concealed-carry gun permits in the San Diego area have spiked since last week's deadly mass shooting at a San Bernardino social-services center, according to the sheriff's department.

The surge in public interest in concealed-carry weapon permits, or CCWs, has been typical of what generally occurs following high-profile firearm rampages, said sheriff's spokeswoman Jan Caldwell.

"Calls inquiring about CCWs always trend up after a tragedy, such as (the one in) San Bernardino," she said.

Bryan Howes said business at his gun store in La Mesa is booming.

On the day of the San Bernardino shooting, sales at Wilde Built Tactical were ten-times higher than a typical day. The day after the mass shooting, sales were 15-times higher.

Some guns are sold out and restocking does not happen fast because the same thing is happening all over the country.

"We have seen a huge increase in demand. Most people buying guns seem more concerned that the shooting will lead to tougher gun laws. The warehouse and distribution center we get our products from are basically working overtime to get shipments out," said Howes.

In California, fully automatic guns are illegal and gun owners cannot buy magazines that hold more than ten rounds.

"They are reintroducing some bills that failed a couple years ago, after Sandy Hook. It's driving people to take advantage of low prices and availability before it's gone and it's banned," said Howes.

Cory Gautereaux said he spends a lot of his time educating customers on California's gun laws.

"People come in and say - hey, can I get an assault weapon - not in this state. There is probably 300 million guns, plus or minus, probably plus, in this country. If someone is going to do something bad, they are going to do something bad. How do you stop that? I don't know," said Gautereaux.

A federal representative said figures regarding background checks for local gun purchases over the last week were not available.

"We do not answer questions about transaction fluctuations or policy matters pertaining to firearms sales," said Stephen Fischer, a spokesman for the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services agency. "As a general rule, we provide monthly statistics on the (National Instant Criminal Background Check  System) website. ... We only provide daily/weekly statistics if a new record results."

Last week, the agency reported just such a milestone uptick in gun background checks -- 185,345 of them nationally -- for Nov. 27. The figure represented a roughly 5 percent increase over that of the previous "Black Friday," the traditionally shopping-intensive day after Thanksgiving.

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