By Tom Knighton
It was joked that President Barack Obama was the gun salesman of the year for eight straight years, but it was only a partial joke. The constant threat he represented in the minds of gun owners was real, but it also prompted millions to go and buy guns while they could.
When Donald Trump won the election, Second Amendment advocates felt they could breathe a little easier.
While NICS checks are still at record levels, the firearm industry still appears to be struggling. Is it a “Trump Slump” or something else? I don’t know.
However, it seems that in Buffalo, NY, talk of additional gun control is spurring people to head out and buy more guns.
After mass shootings, election drama and gun control efforts, Erie County residents react – by arming themselves.
Roughly three times more residents applied to become handgun owners last year than a decade ago, according to Erie County Clerk’s Office data. And those licensed to own handguns often bought more guns.
“It’s politics and just crazy world events,” said Hamburg firearms instructor and gun dealer Gary Bridges. “You can’t prepare for crazy, and that’s why I think a lot of people are getting pistol permits. They just want …Read the Rest
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