HEATHER MEADE/Advocate Photo
Roger Cope, owner of Cope’s Distributing in Greenville, and a customer check out a rifle. Since the election on Nov. 6, Cope said that Internet gun sales have spiked to 700 percent their normal sales, going from selling eight to 10 guns a day, to around 42 guns per day, he said. Fear is a driving factor, as people may believe that President Barack Obama will reinstate the assault weapons ban following the tragic movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colo. earlier this year. There is also fear of an arms treaty with the United Nations, as President Obama, as well as more than 150 other countries, agreed to enter into talks the day following the election.
GREENVILLE – Cope’s Distributing, headquartered in Greenville, Ohio, has seen an exponential increase in gun sales since Election Day, Nov. 6, said owner Roger Cope. Normal Internet sales, he said, range from about eight to 10 per day, and have risen 700 percent, to approximately 42 guns being sold through www.CopesDistributing.net.
“When [George] Bush and [Al] Gore were running [in 2000], there wasn’t an increase in gun sales,” Cope stated. “When McCain lost to Obama [in 2008], everyone thought they [Obama Administration] would re-implement [assault weapon ban], and sales spiked from that fear. This time around, everyone is in fear of that ban, so they’re buying as much as they can purchase.”
Cope also mentioned the United Nations arms treaty, which President Barack Obama agreed to enter into talks for the day following the election. According to Reuters.com, that agreement was set to take place before the election, but along came Superstorm Sandy, closing down the United Nations in New York City for three days.