1st Time Gun Buyers Help Push Record U.S. Gun Sales Amid String Of Mass Shootings

1st Time Gun Buyers Help Push Record U.S. Gun Sales Amid String Of Mass Shootings

First time gun owners, young and old from across the country, are helping to push record levels of gun sales for what looks like the second year in a row . "My gun store has had a run like I’ve never seen before," said Todd Cotta, the owner of Kings Gun Center in Hanford, Calif., in the state’s agriculturally rich Central Valley. "It was just an avalanche of new gun buyers for the first time." These buyers are white, Black, Asian, and Latino and come from all political beliefs. And they’re being driven by uncertainty, fear, and a need to feel safe. Gun sellers across the country said the pandemic and civil unrest over the last year has pushed customers to feel they must take control of their family’s protection. Fears of Congress passing new gun control legislation in the wake of a rash of mass shootings since March are also adding fuel to the buyer’s craze, industry insiders said. Burbank, Calif.-based Redstone Firearms owner Geneva Solomon said both sales at her and her husband’s gun store and enrollment in their firearms education classes are up. Solomon said she and her husband try to calm the nerves of first time buyers in those classes, in which they go over the fundamental rules of gun ownership. "We’ve definitely seen an uptick in the class options we offer," she said. "Before they would never sell out. Now they sell out two days after we post them." Federal background check records support […]

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