Gun sales to blacks, minorities surge after Trump win

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Since Donald Trump was elected president, hate crimes are on the rise, causing some minorities and members of the LGBT community to become more fearful. That fear has led to a surge in gun sales, merchants say.

Yolanda Scott is one of those people. Where she used to carry a crowbar in her purse, she will now be carrying a pistol.

"You feel that racists now feel like they can attack us just because the president is doing it," one gun shop owner told NBC News.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12 : Thousands of people march towards Trump Tower during a protest against US President-elect Donald Trump in New York, United States on November 12, 2016. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12 : Thousands of people march towards Trump Tower during a protest against US President-elect Donald Trump in New York, United States on November 12, 2016. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12 : Thousands of people march towards Trump Tower during a protest against US President-elect Donald Trump in New York, United States on November 12, 2016. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12 : Thousands of people march towards Trump Tower during a protest against US President-elect Donald Trump in New York, United States on November 12, 2016. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12 : Thousands of people march towards Trump Tower during a protest against US President-elect Donald Trump in New York, United States on November 12, 2016. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12 : Thousands of people march towards Trump Tower during a protest against US President-elect Donald Trump in New York, United States on November 12, 2016. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12 : Thousands of people march towards Trump Tower during a protest against US President-elect Donald Trump in New York, United States on November 12, 2016. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12 : Thousands of people march towards Trump Tower during a protest against US President-elect Donald Trump in New York, United States on November 12, 2016. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Gun shop owners have said that they are seeing as many as four times more black and minority customers. Black gun groups say they have seen double the amount of attendees since Donald Trump was elected.

–Trump supporter goes on bizarre rant in the middle of a flight–

Since his stunning victory more and more people seem to be willing to display their hatred openly, which is concerning for minorities from all walks of life.

"It's best that I'm proactive," is the way Scott sees it.

In October, there were 2.3 million FBI background checks for gun sales, which was an all-time record. Experts believe that November could be even bigger.

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National Rifle Association's (NRA) annual meetings and exhibits show in Louisville, Kentucky, May 21, 2016. (Reuters)

#24. West Virginia
Score: 
18
Grade: D- 

West Virginia may rank low in terms of overall gun control, but in 2015 Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill that would have allowed people to carry concealed weapons without a permit.

#23. Indiana
Score:
 19.5
Grade: D-

The relatively lax firearm laws in Indiana have led some to link them to gun violence in Chicago.

#22. New Hampshire
Score: 
20.5
Grade: D

New Hampshire requires handgun dealers to obtain a state license, but does not extend the rule to dealers of rifles and shotguns.

#21. Nebraska
Score: 
21.5
Grade: D

Nebraska differs from many states in that it gives local jurisdictions some control over firearm regulations.

#20. Virginia
Score: 
22
Grade: D

Following the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, the state took greater measures to report mental health records and prohibit sales of firearms to any person who has been "adjudicated as a mental defective."

#19. Ohio
Score: 
24
Grade: D

Ohio does not prohibit the sale of assault weapons nor limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time.

#18. Wisconsin
Score: 
25
Grade: D

In a major blow to gun control advocates, Republican Gov. Scott Walker repealedthe state's mandatory 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases in 2015.

#17. Iowa
Score: 
29
Grade: C-

Iowa took steps to tighten gun control when it enacted child access preventionrequirements upon gun owners.

#16. Colorado
Score: 
29.5
Grade: C-

While Colorado requires licensed firearms dealers to process background checks, it does not impose limits on the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time.

#15. Michigan
Score: 
30
Grade: C

Michigan gun control laws require firearm owners to report handgun purchases and theft of any firearm.

#14. Oregon
Score: 
31
Grade: C

Oregon greatly strengthened its firearm regulations in 2015 when it enacted laws requiring background checks for all firearm purchases.

#13. Pennsylvania
Score: 
35
Grade: C

Compared to other solidly Democratic states, Pennsylvania's gun control laws are relatively lax, with no requirements for firearm owners to obtain licenses or register their weapons.

#12. Minnesota
Score: 
36.5
Grade: C

Although federally licensed firearms dealers must initiate background checks, Minnesota does not require private sellers to do so.

#11. Washington
Score: 
47.5
Grade: B-

Washington requires all firearm dealers to obtain a state license, but does not mandate that individuals register their weapons.

#10. Delaware
Score: 
50.5
Grade: B

Delaware has relatively strict gun control measures, including mandatory background checks and purchase restrictions on domestic violence misdemeanants.

#9. Rhode Island
Score: 
58.5
Grade: B+

Rhode Island may have comprehensive gun control measures overall, but it stilldoes not prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons.

#8. Illinois
Score: 
60
Grade: B+

In addition to requiring background checks, Illinois has instituted some design safety standards for handguns.

#7. Hawaii
Score: 
73.5
Grade: B+

In 2014, Hawaii had the lowest number of firearm-related deaths per 100K people. Gun regulation advocates have attributed this to its tight gun control measures.

#6. New York
Score: 
81
Grade: A-

New York enacted major gun control reforms in 2013, including an expansion of the assault weapons ban and requirements for ammunition dealers to conduct background checks.

#5. Massachusetts
Score: 
81.5
Grade: A-

Following the New York reforms, Massachusetts passed a comprehensive gun control bill in 2014 that increased firearm regulations.

#4. Maryland
Score: 
82
Grade: A-

Among Maryland's firearm regulations are a ban on the transfer of certain assault weapons and a mandatory seven-day waiting period prior to the physical transfer of a firearm.

#3. New Jersey
Score: 
86
Grade: A-

Republican Gov. Chris Christie may have shifted to the right on the issue of gun control, but his state still has some of the tightest firearm regulations in the country.

#2. Connecticut
Score: 
86.5
Grade: A-

Connecticut's extensive gun control laws require firearms dealers to obtain a license and mandate background checks for all firearm sales at gun shows.

#1. California
Score: 
93.5
Grade: A-

California takes the top spot as the state with the strictest gun control measures. Among the regulations in place are required background checks and limitations on the number of handguns an individual can purchase each month.

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Earl Curtis, owner of two Blue Ridge Arsenal gun stores and shooting ranges in western Virginia, says he too has noticed an uptick in black and minority customers.

"They thought Trump won't win," he said. They are mostly "shell-shocked" first-time shooters who just want to be able to protect themselves against "race riots and being attacked by racists."

Michael Cargill, who owns Central Texas Gun Works in Austin says that he had all but given up on getting black customers in his training classes, but now he is seeing about 20 a month along with Muslim, Hispanic, and LGBT patrons who are scared of what might happen to them if they can't protect themselves.

Since the election some people, like Scott have been trying not to go out more than they have to for fear of what might happen to them. Scott says she fears being approached with a gun and while she hopes a "few choice words that I learned from my grandfather" will be enough to save her, she is not taking any chances.

"I'm not the type of person who is afraid of my own shadow. I'm going to protect myself, whatever that means."


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