Gun sales up among minorities - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

Gun sales up among minorities

  • Fox 29 Daily HeadlinesMore>>

  • Shiffrin gets silver in Vonn's last Olympic race; Gisin wins

    Shiffrin gets silver in Vonn's last Olympic race; Gisin wins

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:37 PM EST2018-02-22 04:37:26 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 12:36 AM EST2018-02-23 05:36:48 GMT
    (AP Photo/Christophe Ena). United States' Lindsey Vonn comes to a stop in the finish area of the women's combined downhill at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena). United States' Lindsey Vonn comes to a stop in the finish area of the women's combined downhill at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.

    Lindsey Vonn, the leader after the downhill portion, made a mistake early in the slalom and didn't finish in what's likely the final race of her Winter Games career.

    More >>

    Lindsey Vonn, the leader after the downhill portion, made a mistake early in the slalom and didn't finish in what's likely the final race of her Winter Games career.

    More >>
  • Trump says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA

    Trump says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:24 AM EST2018-02-22 05:24:41 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 12:35 AM EST2018-02-23 05:35:37 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). President Donald Trump, looks to Julia Cordover, the student body president at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., as she speaks during the listening session with high school students, teachers, and others...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). President Donald Trump, looks to Julia Cordover, the student body president at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., as she speaks during the listening session with high school students, teachers, and others...

    Students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence.

    More >>

    Students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence.

    More >>
  • Drink up: Thursday is National Margarita Day

    Drink up: Thursday is National Margarita Day

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:36 AM EST2018-02-22 13:36:42 GMT

    The origins of the celebration are not known, but it is celebrated annually on Feb. 22.

    More >>

    The origins of the celebration are not known, but it is celebrated annually on Feb. 22.

    More >>

Story Video: Click here

Gun sales in the United States have dropped since the election, according to data from the FBI - except among African Americans and LGBTQ.
 
“Right after the election sales did drop,” Alex Shkop, owner of the Guns and Range Training Center in West Palm Beach said.
 
Shkop said he notices the impacts politics can have on his business. 
 
“We definitely don’t have the panic buyers anymore,” Shkop said. “People who were afraid that tomorrow they wouldn’t be able to do it period.”
 
During the years of the Obama administration, gun sales spiked over fear the Democrats would pass control legislation. 
 
Shkop and other gun stores had stocked up for the event of a Hillary Clinton win. 
 
“Everybody was waiting for other outcome so everyone was overstocked with rifles,” Shkop said. 
 
When President Trump took office, the big run for guns didn’t happen, except among African Americans and LGBTQ.
 
Philip Smith, president of the National African American Gun Association, said the NAAGA saw a 45% increase in membership sales this year. He said the election drove up gun sales and fear. 
 
“I think racism has become cool,” Smith said. “It’s accepted now. Groups that have been in the background or the fringe are now the mainstream.”
 
Those in the LGBTQ community have similar fears. 
 
“Since the Pulse massacre last year we’ve seen an increase in people wanting to defend themselves and going out for training and buying guns,” said Rand Hoch, president of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council. “When you combine that with the tone of the Trump campaign, people in our community are a lot more concerned.”
 
There haven’t been any reports recently of hate crimes against African Americans or the LGBTQ community in Palm Beach County, but the fear is still real for many. 
 
“There’s a racial tension out there and that’s the reason why they’re out purchasing guns,” Smith said.
 
Scripps Only Content 2017

Powered by Frankly

1100 Banyan Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.