DENVER, CO (June 16, 2016) - Firearms retailers are reporting a surge in sales among gays and lesbians in the aftermath of the Orlando massacre.
Gun sales typically surge after a mass shooting as people take steps to ensure their personal security, but now a new cohort is heading to the gun store: LGBT folks.
However, what’s different this time around is the clientele. Mike Smith, a firearms instructor in Colorado Springs, is one of many closely tracking the sudden surge in gays and lesbians buying weapons.
“I look at it as a disenfranchised minority that needs someone who’s willing to say I’m a resource who’s here and willing to help,” Smith said.
“We’re not surprised by it,” said George Horne, owner of a Denver firearms dealer.
The Pink Pistols, a club for gay and lesbian gun owners, saw its membership rolls more than double since the massacre. “It’s sad that we must consider such things, but when there are persons out there who mean us harm, we must find ways to protect ourselves within the law,” Gwendolyn Patton, speaker for the club, said in a statement.
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