Trump Election Severely Impacts Gun Sales In CA

There's been a huge drop in sales of one type of gun and a big spike in sales of another type here in California, and the election of Donald Trump might be behind the changes.

It has been a mixed bag according to FBI statistics, which show shotgun and rifle sales down nearly 28 percent for the first half of 2017 compared to the same time last year, while handgun sales in the same period are up more than two-and-a-half times.

Brandon Lungren, owner of Ammo Depot in Rancho Cordova, says his long gun sales are up thanks, in part, to manufacturers' deals-- many for sport.  "What's grown so much in the last year is more the self-defense," Lungren said. "Our training is extremely packed, for firearms training, if you're somebody who's never touched a firearm, being able to learn good marksmanship and safe handling of those firearms."

Lungren added that politics do come into play.  He told KFBK News, "It can make it to where there's a line out the door and across the parking lot.  It can also make it nice and quiet for a little while."

Lungren says he's seen a big drop in AR-15 sales after a surge ahead of the bullet button magazine release ban this year, but he says that was expected.

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