Firearms Sales in Washington State Increase After “Assault Weapons” Ban
Firearm stores are witnessing an increase in customers after the state government passed a bill that prohibits the sale, production, and importation of assault weapons across the state.
Wade Gaughran, who is the owner of Wade’s Eastside Guns, stated that the store has experienced a 400% increase in gun sales in April. “There’s no other reason that people are buying these guns right now, they might have bought them three months from now, six months from now or a year from now but since the doors are being closed they’re going to buy as many as they can or as many as they want I should say,” he stated.
Gaughran expressed his opposition to the assault weapons prohibit and declared that it would negatively impact his business in the long-term.
“It’s violating the second amendment rights of every other citizen in the state of Washington,” he stated. “I think it’s an extremely badly-written law and it actually goes against public safety.”
Wade claims that record numbers of people are waiting in line before his store opens it doors due to the recently passed gun control package which has prompted people to buy firearms before they become more difficult to acquire. “In all my years of selling military style rifles, again what the other side would call assault weapons we’ve never had one traced back that was used in a serious crime and I’ve sold thousands and thousands of them over the past 35 years,” stated Gaughran.
Such sales will become common in blue states once it becomes abundantly clear that gun control is the order of the day in those jurisdictions. People have a natural self-preservation instinct that the Second Amendment allows them to channel in times of crisis. It’s going to take legal action and/or nullification of state level gun control laws to restore gun rights in blue states. In some cases, gun owners will have to flee to freer red states.