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Gun Sales Increase on Black Friday

November 28th, 2016 by flanews

Black Friday isn’t just for deals on appliances and electronics. As Matt Galka tells us, guns are a hot seller and this year is no different.

Black Friday business at Folmar’s pawn was steady.

“We had a lot of people looking for what they were thinking about getting,” said owner Mark Folmar.

Folmar isn’t surprised that gun sales went up.

“A lot of people have money in their pockets, a good amount of people are employed,” he said.

The Florida department of law enforcement ran 10,122 background checks on the big shopping day. It’s almost two thousand more than last year’s 8,251.

And the state could be getting more gun friendly with a legislator gearing up to propose some controversial legislation.

New state senator and former house member Greg Stuebe plans on again proposing guns on campus legislation – it would allow concealed carry on college campuses. A key senator who’s blocked the bill in the past is no longer in the chamber.

“The Senator that held up the bill in committee is gone. A lot of House members who voted for it in the past are now in the Senate,” he said.

But not everyone’s on board.  New House Democrat Carlos Guillermo Smith – who represents the area where the Pulse nightclub shooting happened – said the party will fight against some of the gun friendly proposals.

“We are going to have to play defense. We will have a lot of bills pushed by the gun lobby, the guns on campus legislation, these proposals move the state in the wrong direction,” he said.

FDLE has already run more than 95 thousand background checks this month – almost 15% more than November in 2015.

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