As rioting rocks St. Louis, residents are exercising their Second Amendment rights and pouring into gun stores to acquire the firearms they need to protect themselves, their families, and their property.
According to CBS St. Louis, “Gun sales are up across St. Louis.” In fact, they have “quadrupled” at some area gun stores. Buyers are not simply the stereotypical white, male gun store customers. Instead, gun store owner Rep. Steve King (R-IA) described many of those pouring into his store–Metro Shooting–as “females, single mothers … black people, white people … [and] Asians.”
King said those purchasing firearms are “just afraid of what’s going on and they’re coming in to purchase either additional firearms or their first firearm.”
He stated that “nearly 100 percent say they are buying them for defensive purposes,” and the types of guns purchased include “AR-15s, home defense shotguns, handguns, personal defense handguns … for conceal[ed] carry.”
King said that “he’s personally seen the fear in their eyes and feels the sorrow in their hearts” when they come into his store.
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