More people seek access to firearms

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Gun sales have skyrocketed despite politicians calling for stricter access to firearms.

A new record was set on Black Friday when 185,000 people filled out a form to get a background check with the intent of buying a firearm. Craig Serafini owns Upstate Guns and Ammo in Niskayuna.

“We definitely had an exceptionally busy day,” he said. “It didn’t matter if there was a sale going on or not. They were going to purchase whatever they needed to that day.”

The most popular guns people sought out were small guns used for protection.

“People want to be able to take care of themselves and take care of their family,” Serafini said.

Tom King, President of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, said he’s not surprised by the increase in sales. Rather, he’s pleased. But gun safety advocates caution gun ownership and safety don’t always go hand-in-hand.

“Just because you have a gun in your home, research has proven that it does not make you safe,” Patricia Tuz with New Yorkers Against Gun Violence said.

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence stress the importance of keeping guns under lock and key. Serafini agrees but he said recent mass shootings have Americans up in arms, and business isn’t likely to slow down anytime soon.

“Simply put, what’s going on in the world today, and they want to be able to protect themselves and their families,” he said.

The number of people who filled out an application doesn’t necessarily correlate with the amount of guns sold because consumers can buy multiple guns.

Serafini estimates the sales could be twice as high as the background checks.

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