With 2020 Looming, GOP Gains Could Mean Losses For Gun Industry

With 2020 Looming, GOP Gains Could Mean Losses For Gun Industry

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Gun show promoter Ramon Amoureux, right, talks to a customer at a gun show in Caldwell, Idaho. Amoureux, like many in the gun business, has noticed his sales wane with the pro-gun presidency of Donald Trump. Ramon Amoureux has been in the gun business for decades and through a lot of elections. And, as he knows well, his bottom line shifts with the political winds. “Gun sales are based on politics in many ways,” Amoureux said. “And prices are based on politics, unfortunately.” Firearms sales are sluggish these days and, strangely enough, you can probably blame one of the most pro-gun presidents America has seen. Few businesses’ fortunes are as tied to elections and major news events like school shootings as the gun industry. And with the field for the 2020 presidential contest taking shape, those in the business are closely watching the race. Amoureux is a longtime Idaho gun show promoter. He started working with his late father in the early 1980s and now puts on several shows a year with his wife and son. At one of his recent shows at a National Guard armory in Caldwell, Idaho, tables were filled with full of pistols, rifles and antique weapons. In between questions, he chit-chatted with customers, answering even the most technical questions in arcane detail. “It’s a Rocky Mountain made in Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s the original, the company’s been sold three times,” he said, holding up a dainty, but functional, novelty pistol barely the length […]

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