In the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, gun sales have started to pick up again, just as the case was in the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy.
We first reported that in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, Adventure Outdoors owner Jay Wallace said that AR-15s and other firearms were flying off the shelves because people are afraid that the government is going to take guns away. This trend is now spreading to other gun stores, as we now learn that online gun store Hunter’s Warehouse, based in Bellevue, Pennsylvania sold more than 30,000 AR-15 semi-automatic rifles in one seven day period after the Orlando shooting.
Tom Engle, the owner of Hunter’s Warehouse said the shooting itself wasn’t pushing up gun sales, rather it was the fear that the government would start banning guns that drove people to purchase now.
“Shootings don’t push up gun sales. It’s when the government starts talking about banning particular guns and up go gun sales. When people lose their right to buy a particular gun or a particular type of gun, they go after them and they want them then.”
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As a reminder, Smith & Wesson sales are up 200% since Obama was elected
Also, the number of FBI background checks hit an all-time high in the month of May.