Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has called for banning assault weapons amid continued protests across the country.
An assault weapon was used in Kenosha by 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse after he shot three people, killing two, in what many people claimed to be an act of self-defense.
“Weapons of war have no place in our communities,” Biden tweeted on Sunday. “We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”
I wonder how this will play out considering we have record gun sales, particularly among more urban and suburban liberals
As the riots got closer to my home I immediately went to buy guns, experienced how it works buying it, and now have completely flipped on 2A https://t.co/P7zCYCI6fl
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) September 14, 2020
While Biden is calling for gun bans, gun shops in at least nine states are seeing surges in gun sales.
Shawn Shriver, who owns a gun shop in Pennsylvania, said her shop has witnessed spikes in gun and ammunition purchases amid the still-ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The sales continued to exceed expectations as a result of the racial protests.
“After COVID hit we sold out of ammo,” Shriver said per Washington Free Beacon. “And then they started with the protesting, and a lot more guns started going off the shelves.”
According to the report, firearms instructor Kelly Ann also said she was seeing many first-time gun purchasers.
“I have added five new classes to my season just to try to keep up with demand,” she said via the report. “We have lots of first-time gun owners and people who want to be first-time gun owners, even very left-leaning people.”
From the Washington Free Beacon:
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Pennsylvania is not the only bellwether state where this is happening.
A broader look at monthly sales data, as measured by FBI background checks, confirms swing state voters’ eagerness to arm themselves in 2020. The nine states at the epicenter of the presidential race between President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden each saw historic seasonally adjusted gun sales in June—larger in all cases than the record-setting sales of March—a sign of surging demand for firearms in the wake of rioting and protests that have turned violent.
Many of those states saw substantial increases by comparison to historical means, too. Background checks for gun sales shot up 4.2 times higher than average in Michigan in June, 3.8 times in Arizona, and 3.6 in Florida. With the exception of Minnesota, each of the swing states saw gun sales more than double compared with the historical average—Minnesota sales were only 1.9 times higher than those of June 2019.
Not only have gun sales increased; so too has the number of first-time buyers. A survey from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the industry’s trade group, estimated that 40 percent of gun-store customers in the first half of 2020 were new. Shriver said new customers at his store, SnS Brass and Guns in Claysville, make up about 20 percent of sales. Since March, he thinks the number has been closer to 50 percent.