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TX – GUN RIGHTS – Gun suppliers expect continued high demand regardless of who wins presidential election

COMMUNITY IMPACT.COM November 3, 2020 – Eric Ward, a certified firearms instructor based in the northwest Houston area, said 2020 has been an eventful year for his business, 4Ward Defense. Compared to last year, he said he has done as much as six months’ worth of business every month since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

“You have a combination of several things happening right now, and it’s really creating a perfect storm. It started with COVID-19 back in late February, early March,” Ward said. “The natural response psychologically that we believe humans have to fear, uncertainty and even anxiety is they feel the need to protect themselves. So they go buy guns.”

Nearly 26.7 million firearm background checks were conducted across the U.S. from March through October—up from 18.6 million during the same time frame in 2019, according to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

In addition to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ward said it is typical for gun sales to increase during a presidential election. “This feels like the most polarizing election I’ve experienced in recent years,” he said. “We had different flavors of social unrest across the summer from different events that have occurred. … We’ve had chaos, social unrest, destruction of property and unfortunately loss of lives. And I think that scares people.”

Ward said regardless of who wins the presidential election, he expects to see continued demand for firearms and ammunition. If President Donald Trump is re-elected, he said he anticipates “more of the same” as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. If former Vice President Joe Biden claims victory, Ward said many people would look to make purchases out of fear of tighter gun restrictions in the future.

According to his official campaign website, if elected, Biden promises to require background checks for all gun sales, end the online sale of firearms and ammunition, regulate the possession of existing assault weapons, and ban the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The plan mentions a National Vital Statistics Report that said 40,000 people die from firearm injuries annually.
“When people start getting worried about these types of things, there is a massive and immediate onslaught in the market to buy everything someone possibly can,” Ward said. “The only thing that we can comfortably say is truly going to happen—there’s going to be chaos and unrest … regardless of who wins.” [full article]

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