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Sales surge at Las Vegas gun stores

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Gun sales are booming at stores across the Las Vegas Valley and store owners believe it has something to do with Election Day.

“Last month we saw a large increase in firearms sold and background checks performed,” said Chris Mamolla, owner of Gun Shop Las Vegas.

Mamolla opened his store this year and said numbers were steady, but the political climate boosted his bottom line.  

“I’ve had a lot of customers come in saying ‘I’ve been holding off for a while and I think it’s time to get my gun,” Mamolla said. “Some of them will mention that they don’t know what’s going to happen after this election, so they’ll go ahead and make their purchase.”

Question one on the Nevada ballot has gun advocates up in arms, but the spike in sales is trending across the country. Major gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger and Company reported record earnings.

“Say they’re not going to sell milk anymore, what would you do? You’d run down and buy as much milk as you could,” Rocky Asbury, a registered gun owner said in response to the surging sales. “You’re going to stock up on something if that’s something you enjoy doing. Your average gun owner buys guns for one of two reasons, one they’re fun to shoot, two for self-defense.”

Firearms were a point of contention this election cycle. Hillary Clinton proposed reinstating an assault weapons ban and expanding background checks.

Gun owner, Curtis McGuire, said guns are a topic of every election and he still owns them. “I’ve been a longtime gun owner, probably for 15 plus years. The political climate hasn’t changed my view on guns. There may be mess options to buy guns, but it’s never changed my opinion or how I view them”

FOX5 reached out to several gun stores in the Valley and most agreed that they’ve seen a spike in sales.

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