The presidential elections in 2020 have seen a significant spike in the purchasing of firearms in the United States. The surge in this election year started when the polls started predicting a Biden win, revealing that gun buyers fear the removal of their second amendment rights.
Although there is still contention over the election results, this time of uncertainty is likely adding to the buying frenzy. As Purchases continue to soar, gun shops are reporting that they are hardly able to keep up with stock.
“They’re buying anything they can get their hands on. High capacity magazines, guns, ammo anything that they’re calling assault weapons A year ago, before all this started, we would roughly sell 2,000 rounds a month. Now we’re selling between 50 to 70 thousand rounds a week,” Chris Harding, owner of H&H Tactical in Exeter, Pennsylvania, told told Fox 56.
“Everybody should have a right to defend themselves, their home and their family. For somebody to just come in and take that away it’s just not right,” said one customer.
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Harding dismissed concerns that a Democrat administration could take guns away.
“I don’t wanna become a felon but we do sell other things. We sell a lot of body armor and things law enforcement agencies use throughout the area. And if history prevails, they’re not gonna be taken away. The physical possibility there’s millions of these things across the country. There would be a complete revolution uprising even if they tried,” he said.
Several store owners told Fox 56 that they keep running out of popular ammo and that their gun sales have exceeded 2019. Others, such as John Erickson of Flatwater Arms, said the year has “been tremendous, it’s hard to keep things resupplied.” Daily Wire Reported.
Buying in 2020 has exceeded that of 2016 The National Shooting Sports Foundation said. “Sales have just been really just off the charts since March,” said manager of Blackbeard Armory, Tap Smith.
“Ever since March when COVID first was kind of widely talked about in the media there has been a lot of increase in sales. Of course when you have the riots and protests and things are happening like that that all spurs out,” said Smith.