Virginia gun sales set a new high for Black Friday
as the number of firearms sold statewide continues to soar and is just days away from setting an annual record.
Gun transactions in Virginia totaled 3,902 on Black Friday, a 1.2 percent increase over the previous record of 3,856 transactions on the same day in 2012, according to the latest Virginia State Police figures of mandatory criminal-background checks of gun buyers.
Thomas R. Baker, an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government Affairs who specializes in research methods and criminology theory, said it will be interesting to see if concerns about gun control have subsided after the defeat of the national gun legislation proposed this year, and if that “will lead to smaller increases of annual gun sales in years to come.”
However, Baker noted that the election of Democrat Terry McAuliffe as governor could be a driving force
for additional year-end gun sales in Virginia.
“If McAuliffe proposes any state-level gun legislation, we could see another surge in sales similar to those in response to fears about national gun control legislation,” Baker said.