The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is seeing an historic increase in Florida gun sales, a trend the agency says is at least partly a reaction to the latest terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen told Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members Tuesday that firearms sales typically show a spike around the holidays, but the latest surge began soon after the California massacre. FDLE conducts criminal background checks of people who buy firearms at retail stores.
"After the San Bernardino event, we did see a significant increase in the number of requests," Swearingen told reporters. He said average daily requests are up by 45 percent from this time last year.
FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said call volume on Saturday was 73 percent higher than on the same date a year ago and Sunday's call volume was 86 percent higher than the same date a year ago. "We increased our staffing level and added phone lines over the weekend to deal with the volume," Plessinger said.