Run on Guns Picks Up Ahead of Inauguration

Around 23 million firearms were sold last year, 8 million of which went to first-time owners. Ammunition sales topped $1 billion just after the election.

Posted: Jan 15, 2021 11:30 PM
Updated: Jan 17, 2021 9:28 PM

A new administration is days away from being sworn in, and with political tensions high, Tri-State leaders are lending a hand to prevent a repeat of the U.S Capitol riots.

"The Kentucky National Guard will send approximately 270 personnel to the region," Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said.

While local leaders say none of our communities are under threat, local gun dealers say there's a an uptick in concern.

"There's a lot of people, and not necessarily Right-wing or Conservative, but just people that are concerned for their safety and they decided now is the time," Adam Bigge said, a private firearms dealer out of Posey County, Indiana.

He said an increase in gun and ammo sales kicked off at the start of the pandemic last March, but in light of recent events, they're going back up again.

"With some of the recent craziness we've had, of course people always get stressed out and they start thinking about their own personal security," Bigge said. "A lot of the unrest we've had from both sides of the political spectrum, people by and large have started to realize that their safety and security really is their responsibility first and foremost and a lot of people have started to decide that they're going to go be their own first responder."

He said he's had more than 3 dozen appointments in the last month alone.

"I have sold or handled transfers of 39 firearms -- various types sometimes shot guns, sometimes rifles, sometimes handguns and the amount of stuff that's available has severely diminished," he said.

And as sales soar supply has been running thin.

Around 23 million firearms were sold last year, 8 million of which went to first-time owners. Ammunition sales topped $1 billion just after the election.

Bigge expects this run on guns to continue a while longer.

"Now with the run up to the current administration that is about to be inaugurated, that's an administration that's been pretty vocal about wanting to institute a lot of measures that really do start to trample and restrict what is a fundamental constitutionally protected as well as human right," Bigge said. "So they've really been buying them up."

44News reached out to several gun shops in the Tri-State. They say they've also been busy as of late, with many facing gun and ammunition shortages as well.

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