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In 2017 women and minorities are buying guns – here’s why…

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During the 8 years he was president, Barack Obama’s administration experienced an explosion in gun sales, with annual background checks more than doubling between 2008 and 2016.  In the eighteen months leading up to the 2016 election, gun sales set one new record after another.

So when a pro-Second Amendment candidate won the election most observers figured that gun sales would at last begin to drop. But it hasn’t worked out that way.

Conventional wisdom held that the sharp rise in gun sales over the course of Obama’s presidency was supposedly driven, at least in part, by the threat of gun control. That’s why everyone expected gun sales to decline after Trump’s victory.  Yet, the average monthly gun sales from November through February are up from the already very high level in October.

In fact, there was a large increase in gun sales immediately following the election.  November had a record-setting month for FBI background checks. On Black Friday, there was a single day record of 185,713 checks.  While December sales were not quite at record levels, they were still the second highest monthly total ever.  January’s and February’s sales data slipped below last January’s and February’s, but they were still the second highest January and February sales on record.

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