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Indiana Gun Sales Surge: Stores Running Out Of Ammo, Background Check Requests Up

Posted: 04/10/2012 12:56 pm Updated: 04/10/2012 12:59 pm

Gun demand in Indiana is reportedly so high that some stores are running out of ammunition or firearms altogether.

According to the FBI, the number of criminal background requests from Indiana gun retailers has ballooned from 187,000 in 2007 to 346,000 last year -- nearly double -- and background check requests so far this year have also outpaced years past, CBS Chicago reports.

Jason Elmore, owner of Elmore's Firearms in Greenwood, explained that his shop has had trouble maintaining its inventory as of late, the Associated Press reports.

"We're starting to get shortages of stuff again, so it's pushed people into a supply-and-demand situation," Elmore said. "They're just buying whatever they can buy right now."

According to CBS, some gun sellers say a concern that President Barack Obama will institute tougher gun control measures is partially responsible for the surge in gun sales.

Indiana gun laws have received additional attention in recent weeks as it is one of some 21 states that have "stand your ground" self-defense laws similar to the Florida law that has been cited as the principal reason that George Zimmerman, the shooter of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, has not been charged in the incident.

The state tweaked its "stand your ground" law in 2006 to state that individuals had "no duty to retreat" before resorting to deadly force in the event that someone presented the risk of serious injury or could commit a "forcible felony." The law also states that an individual cannot claim self-defense if they started the incident or didn't attempt to stop it, the Indianapolis Star reports.

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