Nationwide gun sales down since inauguration

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 16, 2017

Local gun shops report seeing mixed current sales trends compared to the nation as a whole.

A study released Wednesday by personal-finance web site WalletHub said that gun sales are down nationally since President Donald Trump won the White House.

The study said that while that is good news to some, it can be a bad sign for state economies relying heavily on the firearms industry.

The study shows that Alabama is the 10th most dependent state on the gun industry.

To determine the states that depend most heavily on the arms and ammunitions industry both directly for jobs and political contributions, and indirectly through firearm ownership, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 13 key metrics.

Alabama ranks eighth in the country in terms of gun ownership rate; 19th in the firearms industry jobs per capita and total firearms industry output per capita; 12th in total taxes paid by firearms industry per capita; seventh in NICS background checks per capita; first in gun-control contributions to Congressional members per capita and 16th in gun-rights contributions on Congressional members per capita.

Locally, officials with Andalusia Armory said their sales are down compared to this time last year with a pro-gun president and Republican House and Senate.

They also said that Remington is laying off in New York due to lower demand for handguns.

The opposite is said for Fletcher’s Outdoors.

“We are staying pretty steady,” said Tim DuBose. “I haven’t sat down and compared numbers, but we are selling guns.”