VA Shooting Doesn't Affect Local Gun Sales

On any given day you can count on Whittaker Guns in Owensboro to be fully loaded, but their brand new, bigger location left with lots of empty space Thursday.


Thomas Furgason, a regular at Whittakers Guns said “I've taken an interest in 38 special revolvers recently so I thought I'd come see what they have in stock also, I just like to browse and they have a brand new shop opened here so I wanted to come out and see the new shop.”

You'd notice Wednesday morning's shooting was not on that list.

Darrik Caraway, General Manager of Whittaker Guns said his shop hasn't seen a rise in gun sales today like hes been seeing after a shooting like the one in Virginia in years past.

For the first time in eight years, Caraway says panic is not a motivator for customers.

Furgason said,“I don't worry about gun control legislation passing nearly as much anymore with the Trump Administration so I think its taking a lot of shopping pressure off of me.”

Caraway said,”The actual shooting was, pardon my pun just the trigger, the part of the panic was the political rhetoric more than the actual shooting.”

Caraway said,”There are sales numbers that show certain things but short term surges never outweigh long term success."

The reason why people are buying guns isn't the only thing Caraway says is shifting.

Caraway said,”The business is cyclical and I think we're going through a hobby cycle and the guys that spend their expendable income on some of the commodities or more tactical firearms are now spending money on the hobby guns again.”

 


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