Gun permits have gone up dramatically in King County in just the past week.
The Sheriff’s Office says on the Monday before the mass shooting in Colorado - July 16 - 19 permits were issued. One week later, and just a few days after the Colorado shooting, that number more than doubled to 41.
While the King County Sheriff's Office can't confirm the exact reason, they say concealed weapons permits often go up following a major incident like the mass shooting in Colorado.
Some people believe firearms sales are surging in the wake of the Colorado movie massacre as buyers express fears about both personal safety and lawmakers who are using the shooting to seek new weapons restrictions.
In Colorado, the site of Friday's shooting that killed 12 and injured dozens of others, gun sales jumped in the three days that followed. The state approved background checks for 2,887 people who wanted to purchase a firearm -- 25 percent more than the average Friday to Sunday period in 2012 and 43 percent more than the same interval the week prior.
Dick Rutan, owner of Gunners Den in suburban Arvada, Colo., said requests for concealed-weapon training certification "are off the hook." His four-hour course in gun safety, required for certification for a concealed-weapons permit in Colorado, has drawn double the interest since Friday.