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Waterloo gun shop sees spike in sales; says politics might be the reason

WATERLOO, Iowa – An eastern Iowa gun shop says they’ve seen a spike in sales, and they say recent statements in the Democratic Presidential debates may be a factor.

The next general election is still more than a year away; it’s not until November of 2020. But there have been three Democratic debates, and some candidates have been passionate during talks about gun reform.

Locally, Mr. Guns says they’ve seen a change in the past month and a half.

KWWL asked about ammunition sales. They say, “We’ve run out twice now.”

And for certain types of guns, such as semi-automatic rifles, they’ve seen a spike in interest. “We’ve seen probably a 35 percent increase in AR platform sales.”

Head Instructor Stephen Foote says, “The more political rhetoric about the second amendment, the more guns and ammunition we will sell, and especially the guns they’re targeting.”

In the most recent Democratic debate, candidate Beto O’Rourke said, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47, we’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”

Foote says, “We’d like to thank him for being our number one salesman of the month.”

Mr. Guns says they saw a spike before the last general election as well.  “Two weeks leading up to the election, we sold ARs as fast as we could put them on the shelves.”


Amanda Gilbert

Multimedia Journalist

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