Self-Defense Gun Sales Soar in Response to Violent Charlotte Protests

FORT WORTH, TX - JULY 10: A woman admires weapons at a gun show where thousands of different weapons are displayed for sale on July 10, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. The Dallas and Forth Worth areas are still mourning the deaths of five police officers last Thursday evening by …
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Reportedly, gun sales in North Carolina have surged in response to the violent Charlotte protests.

Hyatt Gun Shop — a large gun store in Charlotte, NC, and “one of the nation’s largest” — had buyers lined up outside the store when they opened Thursday morning.

According to the Washington Examiner, Hyatt’s director of marketing, Justin Anderson, indicates the demand for guns has been elevated since the shooting in North Carolina on Wednesday took place, and Wednesday night was the high point prior to Thursday. He said, “Sales [Wednesday] night were brisk. Most of the purchases were self-defense shotguns and 12 gauge buckshot.”

As for Thursday morning, Anderson said, “We had people waiting at the door this morning who are looking at similar guns. People that were on the fence about buying a gun prior to last night are now making that purchase.”

On August 13, 2014, Breitbart News reported that gun sales surged in Missouri in the days after the shooting death of Michael Brown. As rioters looted and set businesses on fire in Ferguson, residents of St. Louis flooded into gun stores to arm up for self-defense.

According to CBS St. Louis, gun sales “quadrupled” at some area gun stores during the protests, and buyers were not the stereotypical white, male gun store customers. Instead, Metro Shooting’s Steve King described many of those pouring into his store as “females, single mothers … black people, white people … [and] Asians.”

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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