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Gun sales, concealed-carry permits spike after Cascade Mall shooting

by Aaron Weinberg | The Seattle Times  |  Published on October 25, 2016

A small memorial of signs, flowers and candles for the shooting victims sits outside an entrance to Cascade Mall in Burlington on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. On Friday night, Arcan Cetin entered the Macy’s at Cascade Mall… (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times) More

Concealed-carry applications are “through the roof” in Skagit County after a gunman killed five people at the Burlington mall, authorities said.

BURLINGTON — Skagit Arms store manager Guy Hanson stood Wednesday afternoon behind a glass display case filled with small handguns, the type of weapon favored by those with concealed-carry permits.

“Usually we have a lot more than this,” he said. “This case isn’t even full.”

Gun sales and concealed-carry permit applications spiked in Skagit County after the Sept. 23 shooting that left five dead at Cascade Mall. It’s a common reaction to a mass shooting, Anacortes Police Chief Bonnie Bowers said in a statement.

Her department handled about eight times the concealed-carry permit applications than normal the week after the shooting, with 16.

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