2020 posts record high gun sales due to anxieties over politics and pandemics

2020 posts record high gun sales due to anxieties over politics and pandemics

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBBB) —Florida has seen a record number of gun sales this year. Shop owners say that it’s because of rising anxieties due to the pandemic and upcoming election. “This year’s sales have been off the charts probably easily quadrupled normal sales,” said William Tucker, Jay’s Guns and Accessories manager. “Right now things have slowed down some, but we’re still easily at least double since last year at this same time frame.” “Right now a lot of comments I’m hearing are because of the election and unknown and what will happen after the election as far as gun rights,” Tucker added. Federal data shows firearm background checks this year in Florida have in some cases more than doubled compared with last year, spiking both at the height of the pandemic in march and the start of the nationwide social unrest after the death of George Floyd at the end of May. “The uptick in sales started right before the governor decided he was going to close the state,” said Lothar Newsome, Enforcement Firearms store owner in Walton County. “And it has not slacked up since and I think it’s a lot to do with the COVID and people being scared of the riots that are all throughout the state and the United States.” Newsome also said that uneasiness during an election year is not uncommon. “Every election year that I’ve noticed that we’ve been open which has been the last three gun sales have went up,” he […]

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