Gun Sales Down Sharply Under Trump, Except Minorities

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Sales of guns and ammunition in the U.S. have dropped precipitously since Election Day, according to FBI statistics, trade groups, gun shop owners and corporate reports, the apparent result of electing a president who has vowed to protect gun rights, the Washington Post reports. That overall decline has been accompanied by some unusual growth: Gun clubs and shops that cater to black and LGBT clients say there has been moe interest in firearms since November among those who fear that racial and gender-based violence could increase during Donald Trump’s presidency. The slowdown in gun purchases, which came at the end of a record sales year, is due in part to promises that Trump and the Republican Congress made to expand gun rights. Firearms enthusiasts and salesmen said Trump’s victory removed a sense of urgency to buy that some felt under President Obama, who tried to ban the sale of assault-style weapons.

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