DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Firearms sales have set new records for the holidays.
The FBI says on Black Friday alone, it processed 185,713 background checks for gun buyers through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. That’s about 400 more checks than on Black Friday in 2015, making it a new record number in the US.
Guns sales have been booming, but Terrie Camp says her reasoning for buying a gun is all about protection.
“I think for a lot of women it’s probably national,” said Camp. “I mean when you break down, you can’t trust anybody. You know, even if you get a tow truck driver to come, are you gonna be able to trust them or not? I just feel more safe with a gun.”
Davenport Guns is one of many gun shops in the QCA that have seen significant growth in sales. Customers have been lining up to fire their weapons, if it’s absolutely necessary.
“People wanna defend themselves and their family, they don’t want anything to happen to their children,” said Davenport Guns owner Jeanelle Westrom.
Westrom says it’s not surprising that gun sales have gone up.
“Nationwide this has been the trend for the last 18 months at least, so July sales this year were busier than any other July previous to that in sales,” Westrom added.
But customers say owning a gun puts their minds at ease.
“To try to take care of that threat, having a weapon in the house does give you some confidence that you can put up a fight and you can make it,” said Mark Steddom.