After the mass shooting in a Colorado movie theater, the Associated Press reported gun sales spiked around the country. Some attributed the rise in firearm purchases to a fear of new gun control policies. KTXS looked into what process gun buyers must go through before they can take home a weapon.
James Hill, co-owner of Abilene Indoor Gun Range , said the process starts with paperwork.
"They fill out a form 4473 and then we call the FBI. They'll run a background check and they tell us to either sell the gun or not sell the gun," Hill said..
He said the process to get a concealed carry permit is even more extensive.
"It's a 10-hour class. That class is normally $100 for new and $75 for renewal. Then you get on the internet and you go to Texas DPS, and you go to the concealed handgun section, and you apply as a new applicant. Then you'll just follow the directions," Hill said.
Hill said he has had to turn down several people who had tried to purchase a firearm from him. He said he offers the concealed carry class at his shooting range and any paperwork in his store gets checked out by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.