Published: May 06, 2013 10:21 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Recent earnings calls and reports show that gun sales have skyrocketed over the same quarter in 2012.

Net sales for the largest publicly traded gun manufacturer, Sturm Ruger, surged 39% to $155.9 million, compared to $112.3 million a year earlier.

During the first quarter of 2013, background checks through the National Instant Criminal System (NICS), jumped 46%, according to Sturm Ruger.

Josh Hackman with Fowler Firearms in Ft. Myers says customers pulled the trigger and bought in high numbers while Washington, DC considered stricter gun laws.

"Some of the people spent their savings on guns because they thought they weren't going to have them, now that they see legislation has stalled people have kind of held back," said Hackman.

Business owners say they are just now beginning to build their gun stock back up, while ammunition has become a scarse commodity.

"I don't really have to have promotions to sell guns, I'm having to ration my ammo, though. If I don't I will be gone and my gun range will have no business because I won't have ammo for my customers."