Gun Sales Generally Up Since Paris Attacks

So far the information is anecdotal. Harder numbers should be available at the start of December.

More than a week after the terrorist attacks in Paris, many Americans are thinking about personal safety. The attacks prompted yet another jump in gun sales nationwide.

Gun shows in southwest Alabama are usually busy, and this weekend at the fairgrounds is no exception. Mark Beasley has been very busy in the days since the Paris terror attacks.

“Sales have gone up at least 50% in the last five days,” said Beasley. He runs Quality Pawn in Huntsville. Timothy Dilcher just a few tables watches more sales as well.

Mark Beasley is one of the gun who's notice a spike in sales since the Paris terror attacks.
Mark Beasley is one of the gun who’s notice a spike in sales since the Paris terror attacks.

“It puts a scare in an individual, it takes something like that to shake people up in a way,” said Timothy Dilcher, a gunsmith with Frazier’s Tactical Firearms. From Charleston to Lafayette a rise in gun sales follows the month after every massacre that’s made the news. We have gun background check numbers to back that up–but not this month. Numbers for November won’t be available until the start of December. Despite the unlikely event of a terrorist attack a News 5 strategy poll, this week showed nearly two-thirds of Alabamians worry about a strike in this state.

“I believe people in the south are more prepared and don’t believe the government can help protect them right away in a situation like this,” said Tom Hand with Goldmine Pawn in Daphne. Hand said he’s seen a 10-percent rise in sales in the last week in his Baldwin county shop. Some gun dealers said personal safety is one again a top of mind issue.

“Lot of people are coming in buying, stocking up on ammo pistols, rifles, A-Rs are a very big commodity a lot of people are stocking up on any self-defense weapons shotguns,” said Beasley. Some dealers that didn’t want to talk on camera thought the bump in sales would be short lived. Some said they hadn’t seen a rise in sales, but most did note more buying in the last week after the Paris attacks. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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