Well, let’s see. If a major network hosts a town hall event, where everyone is talking about banning firearms, then this is going to happen. When the so-called New York Timesconservative Bret Stephens says it’s time to repeal the Second Amendment, this is going to happen. Gun sales are going to go up. In Tampa, Florida, the line was out the door at the gun show over the weekend, with 7,000 people paying admission on Saturday. They expected more on Sunday. With talk of a new assault weapons ban, banning bump stocks, and raising the age limit to buy rifles to 21 from 18, vendors said sales were very good. The reason is simple: people think that government is coming after their rights. They’re not wrong. That CNN town hall showed the anti-gun Left is in the flesh. It was very revealing. Yet, The New York Times’ reporting staff, Stephens is an op-ed writer, did a decent report on the show, noting that vendors were open to some measures like a bump stock ban, which has been considered a novelty item and stronger background checks:
Several sellers said they were on track to double their normal sales for a weekend. “It’s sad to say, but whenever there’s a shooting, business only goes up because people are afraid of losing their right to own a certain weapon,” said Quaidman Woody, who was running a booth with his father, a sales representative for CrossHeirs. “So even if they don’t need another AR, they’ll buy another AR or pieces of it.”
“We’ve lost our perspective on what’s really happening,” said Scott Rollf, who owns a company called 22mods4all. He said customer concerns about potential legal limits on guns had perked up sales after a decline in demand in recent months led him to reduce prices.
Mr. Rollf said he approved of Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal to raise the minimum age in Florida to buy firearms to 21 from 18.
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