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Dec 17, 2015 2:17 PM

Guns for Christmas? For one Seacoast firearms shop, sales are up as holidays approach


ROCHESTER - In light of the Paris attacks, the San Bernardino shooting, and the ever changing political climate, Seacoast gun shops have reported a spike in sales.

Renaissance Firearms in Rochester, may not be the typical place for holiday shopping, but consumers are saying otherwise.

“Well I think it’s a great gift to hand anybody,” said Dana Doyon, shopping in Rochester.

Shoppers aren’t shy at Renaissance. They know exactly what will be going under the tree this Christmas.

“Just normal people coming in concerned saying, ‘Can I buy guns in the future? Is it going to be safe for me in America?' ” said Owner Erine Shipman, recalling a few of the conversations he overhears.

Sales are up, and it’s more than just consumers shopping for a stocking stuffer.

Shipman said that unfortunately, recent headlines that are driving foot traffic.

“If there’s another terrorist attack am I going to be cut short or empty handed,” he said.

According to him, his clientele has shifted in recent weeks.

Doyon is a longtime customer there, and said he was back there again shopping for his wife and his kids.

“They’ve been taught from the ground up how to handle a firearm the right way," he said. "There is a big difference."

In fact, Shipman said a large recent client-base has been women.

“If they’re single moms or their husbands work nights," employee Lauren Jones said. "If they need something to protect themselves."

Then there's the political circuit to consider - possibly pushing more consumers to buy now.

“I expect it will be busy all next year," Shipman said. "People will be a little uneasy with what’s going to happen in 2017."

With every purchase made at Renaissance comes a warning and suggestion. The staff provides information on where to get lessons and training to use a firearm properly.

The staff told NH1 News they strive to educate those looking to make a purchase.

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