Why Gun Sales Have Declined Under Trump

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Gun News Daily's Sam Becotta via Free Market Shooter blog,

Many of us welcomed Trump to the Presidency with a sense of pride. However, there is one group for whom the new (ish) president has brought some bad news – gun store owners, and gun manufacturers.

This is because gun sales have seen a significant drop since the election of Trump. But don’t worry – this does not indicate waning enthusiasm for people to own guns. Quite the opposite. It appears that demand has dropped because people feel that their rights to own guns will be protected under the new administration.

The extent to which this is true remains to be seen. While Trump seemed to be pro-gun during the election campaign, and though his campaign eventually won the backing of the NRA, it is not clear that there is a concrete policy position on gun rights. Like a lot of issues raised by the new administration, Trump’s stance on gun rights is frustratingly vague and lacking in details.

Of course, doing nothing to further erode our Second Amendment rights would be a welcome change from the Obama regime. The constant attempt to ban and / or limit ownership of assault-style weapons, though ultimately defeated, was a source of worry for people don’t want their rights to be further limited, or who rely on these guns for their livelihood.


Sales of these weapons peaked, therefore, during the Obama presidency, and specifically during those periods where the president was talking about banning them. There is, of course, a deep irony in this – that a president who was perhaps more anti-gun than any other in our recent history managed to create a huge demand for guns.

Now the Republicans are back, it seems that people are taking it more slowly when it comes to buying weapons. Instead of rushing to purchase a gun before it is banned, people now seem to be taking their time, secure in the knowledge that they have at least 5 years to get the gun that they want.

And so while the drop in gun sales seems like a bad thing on the surface, it is actually a sign of a gun enthusiast community in excellent health.

That is not to say that the recent drop in demand is good news for everyone. Gun store owners tend to be some of the most politically and economically savvy of all small business owners, and so before the election they looked at the prediction of who would win. With almost every major commentator predicting a Clinton presidency, these businesses stocked up, expecting the increased demand for guns to continue.

Many of these businesses now have a glut of product, and are finding it difficult to sell it. With many local gun stores having closed in recent years, this is worrying news, because ongoing low demand could lead to the closure of more of these businesses. On the other hand, of course, there has never been a better time to buy an assault-style weapon. With a huge oversupply, AR-15s and the like can be picked up for next to nothing.

The decreased demand is also bad news for investors. Share prices in gun manufacturing companies have seen a significant drop over the past year, with those in the industry predicting that decreased demand will continue for some time.

There has also been another worrying development. Gun sales are undoubtedly down on a national level, but at the same time some groups are buying more weapons than ever before. Groups and organizations who cater to LGBT and black gun owners have actually seen a spike in interest over the past year, and it seems that more liberals than ever are looking into gun ownership.

The reason for this trend is also related to the Trump presidency. It has been reported that both LGBT and black groups are increasingly worried about violence, and are taking steps to arm themselves. Whilst we are all for more people, whatever their color or creed, owning and learning how to use weapons, we should hope that these groups are not merely buying guns, but are also educating themselves to be responsible gun owners like the rest of us.

Overall, we are faced with a deeply strange situation. We now have a president who is assumed to be pro-gun, though the details of this remain sketchy at best. This has led to a decrease in gun sales, which is simultaneously good and bad news. We don’t wish to see any more local gun stores go to the wall, of course, but if you have been thinking about getting an AR-15 for a while, now is definitely the time.

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skinwalker's picture

My wife is very supportive about me buying guns and ammo, but it's getting quite ridiculous around my place. I'd need a forklift to move all of it.

Billy the Poet's picture

Bricks of .22 are down to $25 - $30. Not good enough.

sickavme's picture

Still haven't bought a firearm, and don't plan to either.

"Sir, if the time comes I need one, there'll be plenty lying on the ground. "

Storm-Clouds's picture

Many of the dead joined the march reaching for the honey pot!

But the dead don't care...

SgtSchultz's picture

Good luck with that strategy.  You will need it.

sickavme's picture

Thanks, it will work great.



Billy the Poet's picture

Plenty of gun battles going on in the streets of US cities. Ever see any guns just lying around there?

boattrash's picture

If a LEO shoots you he may toss one on the ground by you.

GoldRulesPaperDrools's picture

"Sir, if the time comes I need one, there'll be plenty lying on the ground. "

There will be plenty of bodies on the ground, too.

It may be the case that guns will hit the ground, but they'll get scooped up very quickly ... most likely by people who already have other guns.  The people without guns to start will most likely be among the bodies on the ground, in which case you're shit out of luck.

Donald J. Trump's picture

Not exactly the best time to learn how to use a weapon.

sickavme's picture

who said I don't know how to use a firearm?

SgtShaftoe's picture

It's not a fucking magic talisman. It's a tool, a tool that requires a ton of training, sweat and blood to be proficient at using. Even if you were able to find one laying around, there's a better than average chance the other guy is going to smoke your ass before you even figure out where the trigger is.

Pairadimes's picture

Guns are like parachutes.

If you find yourself in a situation where you need one, and do not have one, then in all likelihood you will never need one again.

Bwana's picture

Before you take that attitude, buy a pair of boxing gloves, go to a boxing gym and challenge someone your age who has been boxing since they were 7 or 8 years old. That will tell you just about how you will fare in a gun fight with no experience against someone who knows how to shoot. Then check with "Shooting Sports USA" and go as an observer to a local rifle service rifle match. They are held every weekend almost everywhere in the US. Watch how well the Master and High Master riflemen and riflewomen shoot. Without years of training you don't stand a chance against people who can rapid fire an AR-15 that has metallic service rifle sights, from the prone position and shoot a group of ten shots at 300 yards that can be covered by a 50 cent piece. 

johand inmywallet's picture

I know, I want thenm back to 1.5-2 cents a round also!!!

man from glad's picture

Just before Sandy Hook my Gander Mountain had Federal .223 FMJ in 1000rds cans for $99. I wonder if we will ever see those prices again.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


No.  Gander Mountain went bankrupt and is shutting down.

They sent all the high end firearms to Houston,  and sold them at a discount.

PS: If you don't own a Tavor X95, I suggest you do.  Swap the grip for a traditional, add an ACOG  and Dueck Defense RTS irons with Meprolight tritium nightsights, Streamlight TLR-1, Magpul angled foregrip, Urban ERT sling, and should the SHTF you will be more than adequately armed.  

It's reliable because it is piston driven like an AK, but takes AR magazines and ammo.  



man from glad's picture

Yeah I know. Too bad, I liked Gander Mtn. They always had a great gun department. Maybe a bit overpriced but sometimes had a really good sale. I got a 1022 takedown from them when on sale. Fun little rifle.



The Tavor is neat but I have the .223/5.56 covered pretty well now. Too much invested in to change now. I am considering the Magpul 1022 take down stock for the ruger. That looks great!


AGuy's picture

"Yeah I know. Too bad, I liked Gander Mtn"

Not all the stores are closing. Some of the good stores will remain open:


I am not sure if they are going independant or where bought out during the Bankruptcy.

10mm's picture

Gander is,was, over priced. Brick and Mortor self inflicted.

Oldwood's picture

Still waiting on my preorder desert tech MDR. They PROMISE it will ship soon. Already have the KM Arms M17s308 suppressed and love it, as well as the orginal Bushmaster m17s 223 and FN ps90 and KelTec ksg. Bullpups rule for me but I do prefer the 308 over 223. It's the only way to go with suppressors. The 5.7 is fun to shoot though, but I question its effectiveness. Of course shot placement counts for a lot, so practice, practice, practice.

It could be possible that the slowdown in gun sales MIGHT have something to do with the fact that we have already bought everything and there is nothing left to buy! It is unimaginable the numebr of guns out there. God help us if it ever comes down to actually having to use them en mass.

Whisky Zero's picture

Guns and ammo on sale. Time to go shopping.

10mm's picture

Tavors are over priced,over rated. 

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

If you want 5.56, or .223,  buy a Ruger Ranch rifle (chambered for both calibers). ARs suck! Too many parts! Kalashnikov was right!

Blue Steel 309's picture

good ammo is still very expensive,

shizzledizzle's picture

I remember growing up when I would walk into walmart and they would have a whole skid of remmington "Bucket of bullets". If memory serves they were 5-7 bucks a piece. Last time I bought 22lr was years ago. I seen the writing on the wall and bought 10000 rounds of CCI blazer. I want to say I paid arounnd 2 cents a round. Still shooting it and have 4000 or so left.  

man from glad's picture

LOL. Enjoy the moment of repreive from the craziness. If Trump is a one termer and someone like Elizabeth Warren gets in, we are off to the races again. That's why I am still accumulating and enjoying the lower prices (and availability).

Son of Loki's picture

It might get dicey if antifa decides to stop throwing bricks and bags of urine/feces and they start shooting like that BLM nut case in Dallas.

man from glad's picture

When the f__k is someone on the right going to take these governors, mayors and law enforcement to court? Human urine and feces can be deadly (think hepatitis, etc). There already is a precedent with this being considered a deadly weapon.

SmackDaddy's picture

You really haven't been paying attention. The only thing the "right" in this country cares about is fighting wars for Israel.

And look at yourself. Self censuring the word fuck. Fucking evangelical jew worshipping boomer faggot. People like you are the reason were in this mess.

Deus Vult

AGuy's picture

"LOL. Enjoy the moment of repreive from the craziness. If Trump is a one termer and someone like Elizabeth Warren gets in, we are off to the races again."

Some states are still tighting the noose. Trump likely has little or no impact to Gun control since its been states that have added Gun restrictions laws. States that have flipped form RNC Governors to DNC governers make still add new gun laws. I fear that this Non-sense over Statues may lead to gun violences which opens the door. In VA, McAuliffe (Clinton Clan Member) is trying to use the incident to add new gun laws.


They'll use every incident to get more gun laws passed.

cheeseheader's picture

If you don't know how many guns you have, you need more....

Peacefulwarrior's picture

I thought it was because Everyone has a gun now??

Peacefulwarrior's picture

Except Anderson Cooper and Long Don Lemon, My Bad...

Blue Steel 309's picture

GRIDS is like a badge of honor for those degenerates. Sodom has always been a crime against nature.

tmosley's picture

Everyone had a gun 8 years ago.

Now everyone has five guns.

tmosley's picture

I'm not everyone.

I celebrated Trump's inauguration by buying a new pistol for a hell of a lot less than it was when I first started looking at it under Obama.

WhosJohnGalt's picture

I really wanna pick up a double-stack 10mm pistol at some point.

10mm is best mm. :)

GoldRulesPaperDrools's picture

10mm's are pretty awesome ... I'm thinking about an STI `Perfect 10` double-stack 22-rounder with a 6" barrel.  "Go ahead, make my day."

TBT or not TBT's picture

Why not go whole hog with a pair of Tomb Raider version Desert Eagles in 50 Action Express?

TBT or not TBT's picture

Diversity of calibers makes U.S. stronger.  

Juggernaut x2's picture

Sonny Crockett- Bren Ten- coolest hand cannon ever

10mm's picture

I'm very familiar with said caliber. Tryed most of them,old versions to New. G20, Gen3. The poly frame soaks up recoil in rapid fire. Hunting,rest will do. 

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Pistols are good... when you can't get to your rifle.

HenryHall's picture

Yes, exactly. People went on gun buying sprees during the Obama years. Guns don't wear out very much and do hold their secondhand value.

So people already have their guns and aren't buying a lot because they don't need more.

They do need more ammo though. It's hard to have too much ammo, and secondhand ammo also keeps its value (or increases value).

Donald J. Trump's picture

The scary think is that these mentally fragile libtards are taking up arms.  You see how easily triggered they are and when they become as mentally incapacitated as say when a president is inaugurated they might just not be able to control themselves.  Now the right obviously has their own Dylan Roofs, assuming he wasn't some sort of CIA  or other creation, but for the most part the right shows restraint, as evidenced by the lack of use compared to the sheer anount of firearms the right owns.

Oldwood's picture

You can bet on it. Even though the idiot in Charlottesville used his car, the media kept returning back the the fact that there was open carry weapons at the protest, even though none were used (that I know of).

Progressives are arming up, as are the blacks. I live in a predominantly black area and the local ranges are full up with blacks....and they don't "sound" like Trump supporters...just sayin. Judging from what I saw relative to their skills, I'm not too worried...yet.

But we will see more and more instances where "right wing radicals" use guns and you can bet the the squishy spineless conservatives will capitulate to some inane progressive "reasonable" gun control that will create precedent for the eventual complete suppression of gun ownership.

Elections do not matter except to SLOW progressive policies. They are inevitable. We do not know when, but the only time to prep is NOW.

Hongcha's picture

I'm actually not concerned with the black or the Mex guys at the range.  I find range camaraderie a pleasant experience.  Everyone is a gentleman, as you are obliged to be when everyone around you is locked and loaded.  It's the porch monkeys with their cheap Glock knockoffs who are the danger, the punks of all colors.  A man training is disciplined.  I got that from the military I think.  We all had to mix together and find a way to common ground.