Since President Obama addressed the Nation on Sunday gun sales have spiked
in the Columbus area.
One gun shop owner had his sales increase by nearly a third.
“After the speech i saw Sunday, I’m concerned,” said Lee Halvorson.
Halvorson was at Shooter’s in Columbus to buy a gun that he can wear on him at all times.
He watched the President’s speech and wants to make sure his family is protected.
“To be honest with you, I’m not a real big gun advocate. Since President Obama has been in office, with his policies I don’t feel safe.”
Guns sales and firearms training have increased nearly a third and many of the people we talked to say it’s an issue of safety and security.
According to shooter’s owner Jon McMullen, gun sales shot up 25-30% since the President’s address and he expects the business to stay that way through 2016, an election year.
“As more people see the potential for the loss of their constitutional rights, they will react and buy the things they need now,” said McMullen.
McMullen says the last time sales spiked like this was right after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.
Sales spiked then because people were concerned about losing their gun rights.
Now, there is a more to it says Lead Gun Instructor John Wilkes.
“Now the difference is personal safety and security. so we’re not worried about politics or our rights so much. Now we’re worried about being safe and secure everywhere we go.”
And that’s exactly what led Halvorson to Shooter’s.
He wants to make sure he can protect his family wherever he goes.
“I have two beautiful girls and a beautiful wife and if something were to happen i want to be able to at least defend my family.”