Valley Gun Sales Follow Statewide Trend

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A surprising drop in gun sales after a three-year spike has some Valley gun businesses stuck in a rut.

Virginia State Police logged background checks for more than 200,000 transactions this year; however, that's down compared to last year.

Dubby Carr, the owner of Dubby's Fishing and Hunting, said they have guns on sale because fewer people are buying.

He said right after the Sandy Hook shooting, people who already owned guns bought more than they normally would; however, he expects the lag won't continue.

"2013 was just an anomaly, I mean it was just a crazy jump. People paid so much for them last year because they thought they weren't going to be able to get them, that now they just don't have the money to spend on them so they're waiting until things get back to more normal for them economy wise," said Carr.

Virginia State Police recorded nearly 480,000 transactions last year, which was an all-time high.

Currently gun sales are down 23 percent compared to last year.


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