Gun sales soar in Volusia-Flagler, and throughout Florida

Gun sales soar in Volusia-Flagler, and throughout Florida

Michael Brown had just walked out of Buck’s Gun Rack in Daytona Beach this week with a .22-caliber Ruger handgun. The DeLand resident, who is Black, is a gun collector. The pistol was just another firearm to add to his collection. But he could understand why sales of firearms have been soaring. “Every time there’s an issue it seems like the gun shops just empty their guns,” said Brown, 69. “People just want to feel safe with their guns. They want to feel safe in their homes and they think things are going to happen.” More Black people are buying guns, according to Brown. He said there are a lot of good white people, but there also are some who concern him. “Back in the day, Black people wouldn’t buy guns,” Brown said. “But now they feel it’s necessary because you got a lot of white racist fanatical barbarians out there that want to cause trouble.” The nation definitely has had issues in the last year. And gun sales have soared in Volusia County and the rest of Florida. The pandemic that has killed more than 27,000 people in Florida alone seemingly increased gun sales. So did protests that rocked the country last year after a series of police killings or shootings of Black people. Then, on Jan. 6, protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building just as the House and Senate were to ratify Democrat Joe Biden as president. Former Republican President Donald Trump now faces possible conviction in […]

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