There’s no sugar-coating this one. After all the media coverage given the Safeway Massacre, consumers have flocked to gun stores to get a Glock 19 or similar. And, especially, so-called high-capacity magazines. Ironically (or not), Bloomberg charts the changes—before trotting-out the usual “weak guns laws” analysis. “One-day sales of handguns in Arizona jumped 60 percent to 263 on Jan. 10 compared with 164 the corresponding Monday a year ago, the second-biggest increase of any state in the country, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation data . . . .
Handgun sales rose 65 percent to 395 in Ohio; 16 percent to 672 in California; 38 percent to 348 in Illinois; and 33 percent to 206 in New York, the FBI data show. Sales increased nationally about 5 percent, to 7,906 guns.”
Makes sense. Whenever the government threatens to ban something firearms-related, consumers Joni Mitchell their local gun store (sometimes you don’t know what they’ve got ’til it’s gone). And now a cautionary word from the firearms industry’s non-sponsor [via blogs.chicagotribune.com]:
Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, cautioned that one day’s worth of data might not mean there will be a sustained spike in gun sales.
Then again, it might.