Missouri gun sales are seeing a substantial surge ahead of a decision in the Darren Wilson Ferguson shooting case.
While the country is holding its breath in anticipation of a grand jury decision on the possible indictment of a Ferguson, Mo., police officer for fatally shooting teenager Michael Brown, many residents aren’t taking any chances.
Steven King, owner of Metro Shooting Supplies near Ferguson, says Missouri gun sales in recent weeks have doubled or tripled.
“We’re selling everything that’s not nailed down,” King told The Associated Press.
King’s store is now selling an average of 30 to 50 guns per day. He also says up to 60 percent of customers who are buying guns from his 8,600-square-foot showroom are first-time gun owners.
The store’s concealed-carry classes and private training lessons are booked until 2015.
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In addition to a spike in private gun sales, retailers in the area who specialize in tactical gear for law enforcement have also reported a spike in sales ahead of the grand jury’s decision. The St. Louis County Police Department is reporting that 53 more concealed-carry permits were issued in the first eight business days of November 2014 than in all of November 2013.
While the grand jury deliberates, residents in and near Ferguson and throughout the country wait.