Gun Sales Skyrocket as a Result of the 2016 Election

People across the country are holding off on purchasing major items before election day, with one exception: firearms.

According to the Washington Examiner, data provided by the supply chain management firm Elementu shows that 97 percent of Americans are postponing large purchases, such as cars or houses, due to the looming presidential election. However, consumers are still considering gun-related purchases. Nearly 19 percent of those living in the South, 23 percent of those in their mid-30s to late 40s, and 24 percent of women said they are likely to buy a gun because of the election


This trend isn’t new, however. Gun sales tend to skyrocket surrounding an election. President Obama was even nicknamed “Salesman of the Year” for the gun industry when firearm sales increased after he won in 2008 and again in 2012.

The industry has already seen a surge in sales during this election cycle, with most citing “concern” as the primary cause of the uptick.

Second Amendment advocates fear that if Hillary becomes president she will enact new, stricter gun laws that will make it harder for law-abiding citizens to obtain guns. They also worry that gun prices will balloon exponentially as a result.

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