Guns Sales in South Carolina up ’33 Percent’ Over Same Period in 2017

Kiley Russell (L) speaks to salesman Jason Zielinski as she she gets information about buying a gun before taking her concealed carry certification test at the Eagle Sports gun range in Oak Forest, Illinois, July 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNG / With AFP Story by Nova SAFO: …
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Gun sales in South Carolina are up “33 percent” in February 2018 compared to where they were in February 2017, according to local reports.

Sales skyrocketed after Democrats responded to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting with a push for gun control upon gun control.

WYFF referenced gun store owner John Garner, who has been in the gun business for 20 years. Garner spoke about the spike in sales, confirming the “33 percent” rise year-on-year.

He also said, “The last couple of weeks have been very busy. Guns are political. It doesn’t take much to spark an interest.”

Garner noted there has been a run on AR-15s specifically, citing the fact that he sold 17 such rifles in four days following the Florida school shooting.

South Carolina school resource officers (SROs) have noted change since the Florida shooting too. Namely, that students, teachers, and parents are “on edge.”

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Chris Roach has spent three years as a SRO and he said, “You have to train yourself how to channel those emotions. You have to keep your guard up. Complacency is a big thing.”

Roach said his top priority is to ensure that a shooting like the one in Florida does not occur at any of the Oconee County Schools.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at



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