Is media coverage impacting gun sales?


With all of the coverage the gun rights issue has been getting since the shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people, you might be wondering how our local gun shops and their business is being impacted.

It depends on who you ask. For instance, Ryan Skar at Spring Guns and Ammo told KTRH they've noticed more people coming through their doors over the last few weeks.

“We’ve seen an increase in sales across the board; primarily on handguns and some long guns and some AR type rifles,” Skar explained.

But others, like Mike Clark at Collectors Firearms, say nothing has changed. That said, Clark tells KTRH News some customers are talking about the President's position on gun rights following the Florida shooting.

“They are a little upset at some of the things that Trump said. But the reliance is going to be on Trump to do what he said he was going to do from the get go,” Clark stated, adding that Trump had promised to protect gun rights during his campaign in 2016.

In the meantime, the company that makes Smith & Wesson guns says consumer demand is falling to new, lower levels. Some are calling it the 'Trump Slump.'


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