Massachusetts Sees Gun Sales Rise After Sandy Hook
Massachusetts citizens have been buying more and more guns for years as requests for gun licenses have spiraled. Now, after the Connecticut school shooting, Class A permits which cover handguns, rifles and shotguns have risen 36%.
Bob Bernstein, who owns Bob’s Indoor Public Shooting Range in Salisbury, said, “Women, when we first opened up were almost non-existent. That was 23 years ago. Within the last 5-6 years, women who come in and shoot now are 30-35%.”
Candi Hogan is one example. She had never fired a gun before yesterday, but after the Connecticut massacre, she’s looking for a gun license and wants to teach her daughter Micaela to shoot and get a license, too:
I think it’s high time that I was informed, rather than be afraid. There may be a time I have to protect myself, my own family. There are guns in my house, if someone ever came in I didn’t know the first thing about using them, about loading a gun and putting it to use.
Bernstein said after Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009 gun sales jumped because Obama was seen as pro gun-control.