PITTSYLVANIA Co., Va. — If you've recently bought a hand gun, you're not alone.
According to the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center gun sales are up compared to last year.
If it can be locked and loaded Chestnut Firearms in Pittsylvania County has it in stock.
For the last four years the company based in Joe Castagna's basement has had steady business.
"When we first opened it was very active because everyone wants to come to see what you have," Castagna said.
Recently sales have gone up again. Not only are assault rifles flying off the shelves, hand guns sales have also increased.
It's a trend the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center, a State Police program, has monitored in the last two months.
According to the center, 22 percent more background checks were requested for gun sales in June than that time last year.
In July stores request nearly 30 percent more checks than a year ago.