South Dakota unaffected by national gun sale decline
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – People in the arms industry say South Dakota is relatively unaffected by a nationwide dip in gun sales after a bump before the 2016 election.
The Argus Leader reports some residents last year worried that if Hillary Clinton were elected, gun ownership rights would slip and certain models would be pulled. But those who track the gun industry in South Dakota say gun advocacy in the state remains strong.
Gary’s Gun Shop in Sioux Falls says handguns sales have remained consistent. The South Dakota Secretary of State’s Office says the state’s total pistol permit numbers as of July 31 was more than 95,000.
Outdoor retailer Cabela’s says sales decreased nearly 10 percent nationwide in the most recent quarter compared to 2016. The company says firearms and shooting-related products were responsible for almost half of the decline.