LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Everyone has their own wish for the holidays but for many, a firearm may be on the list!
Last year, the FBI reported a record one and a half million background checks in December alone.
But Josh Hackman at Fowler Firearms says he hasn't seen the big sales increase they were expecting this year, at least not yet. "We typically do see an uptick in sales for season because people do buy guns during Christmas, it's pretty common, although we were expecting a bit more because of the recent election. People when they are afraid they are going to lose certain rights, people want to go and buy stuff they don't think they'll be able to. It's that taboo, I can't have it so I'm going to go get it," he says.
"Usually, we probably see a 25-30% increase in our sales. This Christmas hasn't been. It's been slow. It's steady, but not the big push like last time," Hackman adds. He is hoping by December 25, a last minute rush will put them on target. "We'll always have it right before Christmas. People can't figure out what to buy so they buy a gun, they know people like firearms."
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports almost 33,000 people in Lee County have a concealed weapon license, about 13,000 in Collier and close to 10,000 in Charlotte County.