While Sacramento lawmakers worked to pass seven new anti-gun laws last year, firearm sales in California nearly tripled over 2015, to 1,331,322 firearms sold—making 2016 the first year to pass the one-million mark in terms of firearms sold in the state, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Despite doom and gloom from naysayers concerning firearm sales, Smith & Wesson CEO James Debney is predicting that the gun maker will continue to see healthy sales, noting that they expect “single-digit to ... high-single digit” growth in coming months.
While the so-called “mainstream” media has attempted to make a Donald Trump presidential win seem like doom and gloom for firearm sales, many in the industry, such as Sportsman’s Warehouse CEO John Schaefer, don’t see it that way.
Catering to Hunters and Clays Shooters, Walmarts in New Mexico to Drop Firearm Sales due to New Gun Laws
Many shoppers will likely be unhappy with this new turn of events at Wal-Mart, even though the stores reportedly will continue to sell ammunition.
In a survey conducted soon after the Orlando terrorist murders, CBS News says only 36 percent of respondents reported living in gun-owning households, the lowest figure reported by CBS since 1978 and nearly 10 percentage points down just from 2012.
Using last week’s Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting as his “news hook,” Democrat Florida state Sen. Gary Farmer said Tuesday that he plans to introduce legislation banning firearm sales at gun shows without a background check, the Orlando Sentinel reports, while other Democrats prepare additional anti-gun bills, including a ban on so-called “assault weapons” and a bill allowing Florida cities to pass anti-gun ordinances of their own. (The alleged Ft. Lauderdale shooter reportedly had passed a background check and psych evaluation.)