Riots in Missouri Causing Spike in Gun Sales
It looks like the riots in Ferguson, Missouri are causing people to arm up. Gun stores around the area are reporting extremely strong sales over the last two days as nighttime riots and looting continue.
According to the St. Louis Business Journal,
For the past two days, Steve King has been “unbelievably busy” at his gun store, Metro Shooting at 11434 St. Charles Rock Road. King said business spiked 50 percent as local residents respond to the violent events taking place in Ferguson.
“We’ve sold a variety of handguns, shotguns and AR-15s (a semi-automatic rifle),” King said. “All of the sales are having to do with home defense.”
King, who owns the store that has 17 employees and 2013 revenue of about $2 million, added that customers have ranged from new firearm buyers to those upgrading their current arsenal. He said both black and white individuals have purchased firearms at his store over the past few days.
The police shooting of an unarmed 18 year old man led to widespread riots and looting in the town of Ferguson, Missouri the last 2 nights, with the worst coming on Sunday evening into Monday morning.
Two men, one of them identified as 18 year old Michael Brown, became involved in an altercation with two police officers around noon yesterday.
During the altercation, Brown was shot multiple times and killed.
The shooting sparked a series of protests throughout the day that turned violent as night fell. Widespread riots, destruction and looting took place.
So far, there have been numerous injuries and dozens of arrests in relation to the riots.
Yesterday, the FAA issued a flight advisory over the town, effectively grounding news helicopters after someone shot a police helicopter.