In Trump Era, Dealers Say More Blacks Are Buying Guns

The founder of a black gun group says, “There’s this feeling, this fear in today’s society, for people of color especially, that the person sitting over there in the corner might be about to attack you.”

Gun sellers have noted significant upticks in sales of firearms to black Americans since the election of President Trump, says the Washington Post. The election and re-election of President Obama prompted huge spikes in gun sales by white conservatives who feared a crack-down on firearms. But it is now African Americans who are visiting gun stores. “We’ve seen a small change in who our customers are,” said Mark Warner of Blue Ridge Arsenal, a black-owned gun store in Fairfax County, Va. “More women and more people of color — black, brown. The people coming in are darker shades than usual.”

A Pew Research Center poll this year found that while 49 percent of white Americans live in a household with a gun, the figure drops to 32 percent among black Americans. But gun sellers are now wondering whether the surge by black buyers will close that gap. At Blue Ridge, the staff has fielded calls from across the country from buyers looking specifically to buy from a black-owned gun store. The National African American Gun Association, founded in 2015 with about 300 people, has grown to 34 chapters and 20,000 members. “There’s this feeling, this fear in today’s society, for people of color especially, that the person sitting over there in the corner might be about to attack you,” said Philip Smith, founder of the group. “I’m not going to say it’s all Trump, but there is something going on where people feel comfortable openly doing and saying things that — five, six, seven years ago — they might not.”

from https://thecrimereport.org