The question is whether or not a Trump presidency will have an impact on firearm and firearm accessories and if so, will it be a positive or negative impact?
During the eight years of Barack Obama’s reign of terror, gun and ammunition sales in the United States soared. Obama’s ardent push to destroy the Second Amendment rights of American citizens was the greatest gift to firearm and ammunition manufacturers and firearm related accessories. Just the thought of his succeeding in enacting more gun control, drove many law-abiding citizens to stock up on guns, ammunition, magazines, scopes and many other accessories.
In 2012, one gun store owner posted a sign on his door that read:
“If you voted for Barack Obama your business is NOT WELCOME at Southwest Shooting Authority. You have proven you are not responsible enough to own a firearm.”
Of course, many liberals were outraged and warned the business owner that it would ruin his business. However, the opposite was true. He started receiving hundreds of phone and email orders from all over the country, once the liberal media tried to vilify him.
The gun store owner, Cope Reynolds, later reported:
“I’ve been busier than a cat covering up poop on a marble floor.”
“People are saying that I’ve alienated half of our customers. No, I haven’t. I haven’t alienated any of my customers, because the people who voted for Obama don’t buy guns here. They don’t come here at all. I haven’t alienated. I’ve improved things. I have packages sitting on my desk to be shipped to places like Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Idaho, Nevada and California.”
In June 2014, Smith & Wesson reported that their sales at the end of 2013 had increased by at least a third. It already looks like 2014 will shatter last year’s record sales. Colt Manufacturing is reporting that their handgun sales are 12 times higher than for the same period last year. One report said that Colt’s handgun sales in the first 5 months of this year equal their handgun sales for all of 2013. In response to the high demand, Colt has announced that they are increasing their production of handguns by 50%.
In 2014, I spoke with a business associate who managed a gun store in Georgia. He told me:
“Our current handgun sales are up about 40% over last year. A large portion of the increase is women wanting to arm and protect themselves. Certain handguns such as the new Glock 42 and the S&W M&P Shield are difficult to keep in stock as well as .380 auto ammunition.”
In December 2015, I reported that firearm and firearm accessory purchases were continuing to increase. The National Criminal Background Check System was reporting record number of background check requests. Additionally:
“Black Friday set a new all-time high for the number of background checks for gun-related purchases in one day and through November, the state of Georgia conducted more than 19-million background checks. On Monday, WJBF News Channel 6’s Stefany Bornman spoke with local gun store owners about why sales this year are so high.”
“None of the gun dealers WJBF News Channel 6 talked to wanted to talk specifics about their sales numbers for the 2015 holiday season, but they all say the same thing. Sales have been very good. Every year, the largest firearm sales usually occur in December, but the number of people purchasing guns has continuously increased.”
After all of the great sales results for the 8 years of Obama, what is the outlook under Trump?
In December 2015, Smith & Wesson issued a report stating that they were optimistic about gun sales over the next 4 years, saying:
“What we saw in mix for Black Friday was very encouraging. We see what’s shaping up to be a good environment at retail.”
James Debney, CEO of Smith & Wesson commented:
“Many more women than ever before taking an interest in the shooting sports. We are excited about the future. The firearms business remains strong and we’re excited to be executing our inorganic strategy.”
Last week gun dealers in Missouri are reporting what they call the ‘Trump effect’ already impacting their sales. What is the ‘Trump effect’? Brent Ball, owner of a gun store in Springfield, Missouri described it:
“The last eight years people were buying to horde. They were filling up their closets with ammo. Now that the threat of more regulations is gone people are more willing to go out and shoot what they have. Instead of buying 10,000 rounds of .22 they’re now OK with buying 500 rounds because they know it’ll be there.”
In other words, the ‘Trump effect’ means that many American citizens are no longer panicking due to Obama’s anti-gun agenda. President-elect Donald Trump has often told the public that he is very pro-2nd Amendment and a supporter of gun rights. Therefore, there is no need to stock up as guns, ammunition and accessories are going to be available at least for the next four years.
While Trump is a winner for gun owners, he may not be as big of a winner for gun dealers.