BELLEVUE – Karen Manley stood strong in the range Tuesday afternoon, her right hand firmly gripping a handgun.
“There had been a rash of home invasions,” said Manley, of Brier. “If anything happens, I could defend myself, my kids, and my home.’
Women are just one factor behind a recent spree of gun sales, locally, and across the nation, according to gun lobbyists.
The FBI reported Tuesday that it received 154,873 buyer background check requests on Black Friday, up roughly 20 percent over the same day last year. The requests were so heavy, FBI call centers suffered two outages trying to keep up with demand.
“We were probably 30-35% ahead of what we expected (on Friday),” said Wade Gaughran of Wade’s Eastside Guns in Bellevue, who acknowledges sales have doubled since Election Day, and concerns over changes in the federal gun policy are prompting the spike. “I think (Obama’s) going to try and make something happen this time.”
“There is a concern in the United States about what is going to happen with firearms laws under the second Obama administration,” said Dave Workman, of the Second Amendment Foundation, who also cites economic conditions as a driver.
Workman also says a zombie fad is helping push sales too.
“There is quite a following on this zombie target shooting - the idea of shooting targets that look like weird strange zombie people instead of human silhouette targets or junk targets appeal to a lot of people,” said Workman.
But the President of Washington Ceasefire is not laughing about that explanation.
“It’s the usual paranoia, that Obama is the Boogeyman,” said Ralph Fascitelli, Board President of Washington Ceasefire. “Guns rights groups want to increase anxiety, membership. It’s all about money.”
Fascitelli added, “The more guns in a society, the more violence you’re gonna have.”