'Trump slump' in gun sales continues despite control debate

'Trump slump' in gun sales continues despite control debate
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By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gun store owners say the so-called "Trump slump" in sales has continued despite renewed calls for controls after the massacre at a Florida high school last month.

Sales of firearms slowed dramatically after the election of Republican Donald Trump as president in 2016 allayed fears of a Democratic crackdown on gun owners.

David Dobransky runs a small gun store in North Canton, Ohio. He says the day after Trump's election, it was as if someone turned off a faucet. Sales have slumped since then, and nothing has changed recently.

In Rapid City, South Dakota, things are back to normal at Rapid-Fire Firearms after panic buying under President Barack Obama.

Gun makers Sturm, Ruger and American Outdoor Brands have both seen their stocks plunge since Trump was elected.

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