Wisconsin Gun Sales Spiked when the Pandemic Began, Still High a Year Later

Wisconsin Gun Sales Spiked when the Pandemic Began, Still High a Year Later

Dianne Jacobson instructs Anna Lopez on shooting her new gun. On Wednesday, a mass shooting left eight people dead at a rail yard in San Jose, CA. The episode follows a weekend of a dozen mass shootings nationwide that left 13 people dead and many more injured. Sales of firearms tend to spike after mass shootings, but since March of 2020, there hasn’t been a spike so much as a constant increase in firearms sales. In March of 2020, the number of firearms sold in Wisconsin exploded. In just one month, sales were up 86 percent. The surge of interest in buying firearms created long lines outside gun stores, as people waited to purchase a firearm. Guns and ammunition at the Northwoods Shooters Shop. “We’d open the store in the morning, and you wouldn’t be able to get in,” said Josh Raymond, the owner of The Northwoods Shooters Shop in Eagle River. But the spike in sales didn’t stop there. “It hasn’t let up,” Raymond said. “Demand is still extremely high.” The data back him up. Since the beginning of 2020, the number of federal firearm background checks – which experts say is a good indication of firearm sales – has risen 30 percent nationwide. In Wisconsin, sales have increased 88 percent. The surge is the result of a combination of factors that came together last year to drive both longtime and first-time firearm owners to gun shops. To start, Timothy Lytton, an expert on the gun industry, said […]

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