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.

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4 Responses to Giffords Shooting Good for Business

  1. I considered purchasing the glock 19 recently but I really prefer 45’s (and 50’s) so I went with the glock 36 . It only holds six rounds, which is five more than I’ll need , unless there are multiple attackers. If there are more than six perps I’d be in deep S**T no matter what size mag I had. LOL

  2. “People are finally realizing the police will not always be there to protect them.” GunKing1.

    Indeed. And where exactly were the police during this mayhem? Dou you think that they should have had a presence at an open meeting featuring a “high value” target to terrorists? Hmmm.

  3. I think that Arizonans are afraid that the G will overreact and curtail gun sales, so they’re buying them while they can.

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