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Gun and ammo sales surge ahead of US election

Walmart has removed ammunition and firearms from displays at its stores, citing “civil unrest”.

“We have seen some isolated civil unrest and as we have done on several occasions over the last few years, we have moved our firearms and ammunition off the sales floor as a precaution for the safety of our associates and customers,” the retailer said in a statement.

People wait in a line to enter a gun store in Culver City, California. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

About half of Walmart’s stores sell guns.

Gun sales have a tendency to rise during periods of protest and rioting.

Gunmaker Sturm, Ruger CEO Christopher Killoy attributed to rise to calls by activists to “defund the police” in the wake of multiple acts of officer brutality.

“Consumer demand showed no signs of letting up during the quarter as concerns about personal protection and home defence were stoked by civil unrest in some cities around the United States,” Mr Killoy said in a statement.

The looming election of Joe Biden is also triggering more gun sales. Gun enthusiasts are much more likely to build up arsenals when Democrats are in the White House, because of fears they will institute more restrictions on firearms.
Donald Trump dances to the Village People song 'YMCA' at a rally in Janesville, Wisconsin.
Donald Trump dances to the Village People song ‘YMCA’ at a rally in Janesville, Wisconsin. (AP)

“They want to take away your guns, your oil and your God. That’s what they want,” Mr Trump told an interview on Fox and Friends.

“Texas is not going to be losing their guns and they’re not going to be losing their oil and they’re not going to be losing their religion or their God.”

Joe Biden takes to the stage at a drive-in rally in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Joe Biden takes to the stage at a drive-in rally in Coconut Creek, Florida. (AP)

Mr Biden has repeatedly denied accusations he wants to “defund the police”.

Mr Biden does want to expand background checks for gun buyers, and place a ban on the manufacture of assault weapons.

FBI data showed gun sales have nearly doubled since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Republican voters are more than twice as likely than Democratic voters to own a gun, a survey by Pew Research found.

“Elections always impact sales because people start to panic,” Arkansas gun shop owner Erin Latsha told KATV.

“Something about it just makes people think, ‘I don’t have a gun. I should go buy one.”

Gun sales have surged in the USA during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gun sales have surged in the USA during the coronavirus pandemic. (Niko Kallianiotis)

“We estimate that there were 2.1 million excess firearm purchases from March through May 2020,” the study said.

The study estimated that more than one out of every 100 new gun purchases would result in a death or injury.

In pictures: Trump and Biden ramp up campaigns in final week before US Election

Election Day is November 3.

Source: 9News | World News

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