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NAT’L – GUN CONTROL – Capitol Riot Could Accelerate Gun Sales Over Fears Of Civil Unrest And Looming Gun Control

FORBES.COM – January 13, 2021 – The deadly U.S. Capitol riot last week is likely to keep guns sales going strong, stoked by growing fears of civil unrest and the specter of more gun control under a Democratic administration.

Civil unrest has served as a prime driver of gun sales during the coronavirus pandemic, as Americans buy firearms for self-protection. Federal background checks for gun purchases surged 40% to a record 39.7 million in 2020, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, while gunmakers Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger RGR +1.8% reported double-digit increases in sales.

The sales-driving anxiety over civil unrest isn’t likely to let up, with the FBI warning of “armed protests” in 50 states leading up to the Inauguration of President-elect Joseph Biden on Jan. 20, according to news reports. State capitals are on high alert.

“I’m confident that widespread civil unrest will push gun sales to still higher levels,” said Philip J. Cook, a sociologist and gun control expert who wrote The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know. “So will the fact that the Senate, House and presidency will all be under Democratic control beginning in 2020. That creates a more realistic possibility that Congress will finally act on one or more gun control measures.”  [full article]

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