AUGUSTA, GEORGIA (WJBF) – 2015 could be the year of record firearm sales.
Black Friday set a new all-time high for the number of background checks for gun-related purchases in one day and through November, the state of Georgia conducted more than 19-million background checks. On Monday, WJBF News Channel 6’s Stefany Bornman spoke with local gun store owners about why sales this year are so high.
None of the gun dealers WJBF News Channel 6 talked to wanted to talk specifics about their sales numbers for the 2015 holiday season, but they all say the same thing. Sales have been very good. Every year, the largest firearm sales usually occur in December, but the number of people purchasing guns has continuously increased.
“Traditionally this time of year we see an increase, but not like we have in the past,” said S.H.A.R.P.E. Shooters Gun Range Owner, Buddy Lichty.
“We always sell more handguns. Handguns fit in smaller packages,” added Steven Fishman, owner of Sidney’s Department Store. Fishman added this year, the price of guns is down because of the economy. But that’s not the only reason for the sales increase.
“Looking forward to future at the possibility of firearms laws coming in and making it more restrictive,” Fishman told WJBF News Channel 6.
The owner of S.H.A.R.P.E. Shooters tells WJBF News Channel 6 his customers flocked to buy guns, after hearing President Obama say gun control would his next big task after the holidays. “Anything like that… that comes out really starts a fire so to speak, people go out and gun enthusiast that don’t already have their own hoards or stock piles of ammunition and guns they are going to go out and add to it. Or those that don’t have it are going to create it.”
Both business-owners say firearms for personal protection were the biggest sellers, especially following the San Bernardino massacre, Planned Parenthood shooting and Paris attacks.
Lichty also says now many of his customers are buying guns for their wives. “And she keeps putting it off, putting it off… but because of these recent events, that I just described, they are saying ‘well you know it’s time.’ They are finally saying ‘okay yes I probably should get one.’”
Yet, the owner of Sidney’s Department Store says some people are just interested in investing their money into a firearm because their value doesn’t decrease. “Game boxes break. Firearms don’t.”