Gun Sales Shoot Up On Holidays (SLC, UT)


December 31, 2005, 05:07 PM
From the Salt Lake Tribune (

Gun sales shoot up on holidays
By Glen Warchol
The Salt Lake Tribune

'Tis the season of peace, good will, to be jolly and, in the case of Utah gun shops, to sell 12,728 guns.
And counting . . .
Utah will break previous annual gun sales records for the year and for the holiday season, when firearm sales are traditionally hotter than, well - a Saturday night special.
Sales have been inching up nearly every year, reaching this year's record of nearly 72,000 rifles, shotguns, pistols and revolvers sold. That's 10 percent over 2004's 65,222.
December sales - guns apparently make great gifts - are up 17 percent over the same period last year with two buying days remaining in the year.
Gun purchase figures are based on background checks run on buyers by the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification. (Guns sold by private individuals do not require background checks.)
"Sales have been going extremely well," said Sterling Morris, manager at Ogden's Impact Arms. "Over the past two, three weeks, we've been selling 20 or 30 a day."
Although Morris says most holiday firearms shoppers are "wives buying for husbands. We do see some first-time guns being bought for kids."
Impact's hottest seller has been the Benelli Nova pump shotgun, sleek in black or camouflage at $300 and $350, respectively.
Joyce Carter, manager of the firearms section of BCI, says most guns sold are long guns, that is shotguns and rifles. About a third of sales are of handguns.
She attributes part of this year's sales jump to the August opening of Cabela's sporting megastore in Lehi. Cabela's 150,000-square-foot showroom includes animal displays, aquariums and dog kennels, thousands of firearms and accessories, and draws customers regionally.
"But Cabela's doesn't account for all these sales," Carter says.
"I think we have a lot of sportsmen out there and it's a good time of year to buy a new firearm," says Lenny Rees, Hunter Education coordinator for the Department of Wildlife Resources.
Utah's increase would fly in the face of a downward trend in hunting and gun-sport participation in recent years, which researchers attribute to the competition for young people's time of nongun outdoor sports, television and video games.
"Utah's hunting license and permit sales are stable," Rees says. "In 2004, we actually had a slight increase in youth hunting licenses."
Impact has sold many novice shooters their first firearms in the last year, Morris says, "If shooting is on a decline, I'm not seeing it."
The trend of increased gun sales in December was first identified by University of Utah journalism student Jay Rogers in statistical records he obtained from the state.

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December 31, 2005, 05:16 PM
- guns apparently make great gifts -

yes they do :evil:

December 31, 2005, 05:18 PM
Kinda makes the guy that ran that thread awhile back about the residents of Utah being anti gun look stupid now doesnt it! Ha Ha Ha

All legislative people type, left wing type, hollywood type from the Peoples Republic of ********** take note. "More Guns Less Crime"

As soon as tax returns come in there will be another big spike Iam planning on making at least one purchase at that time.:D

December 31, 2005, 07:47 PM
Yep when I get my tax return I'm getting my AR and the heaviest body armor I can buy (I live in a hurricane area)

Standing Wolf
December 31, 2005, 08:55 PM
Well done, Utahns!

Car Knocker
January 1, 2006, 02:15 AM
Nothing like stating the obvious. I wonder if we'll see stories such as "Toy sales shoot up on holidays" or "Consumer electronics sales shoot up on holidays"?

January 1, 2006, 09:14 AM
I wonder if Muzzleloaders count? Thats what I purchased around the holidays.

Hey Fly320's:
When did you come and go this weekend? Next time if you get a little more headsup PM me and I'll try and hookup with you for a tour of SLC and a trip to Correia's shop.

January 1, 2006, 10:58 AM
We have to do a state background check in addition to a NICS check on hand gun and rifle purchases (shot guns are exempt from the state check). Which each approval comes a unique number. I am happy to report that Delaware also recorded more firearms sales in 2005 than in 2004. I'll go back and check our records for 2003 and 2002 just for kicks.

January 1, 2006, 05:44 PM

I got in late Friday night and left early this morning. I was planning on going skiing, but changed my mind at the last minute, so there wasn't time for a heads-up. Next time though.

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