Dec 13, 2015 1:51 PM

Seacoast gun dealers seeing boost in sales since San Bernadino shooting

ROCHESTER – Since the San Bernardino shootings on Dec. 2, local gun dealers are reporting a big jump in sales.

According to, a spokesman at Renaissance Firearms said sales there grew 30 percent in the last week and a half.

Smaller shops are seeing a boost in sales as well. Jeff Walters, who owns Seacoast Gun & Pawn in Rochester, said his shop’s sales are up 50 percent.

“Due to world events and terrorism and the political climate, there has been, definitely, a noticeable increase,” Renaissance Firearms spokesman Scot Villeneuve said. “It’s by far the biggest topic of conversation at the shop.”

Gun sales often increase in response to news headlines, shop owners said. A similar reaction followed the Newtown, Conn., shooting which led to many calls for stricter gun laws. Monday marks the third anniversary of the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“There’s the normal customer base, and then the there’s an additional customer base that it’s probably fair to say they’re coming in because of things that are going on in the world,” said Brad Denison, who opened RBA Outfitters in Hampton last year.

Deb Howard, a volunteer with the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said firearm purchases in reaction to news headlines could lead to more fatal firearm accidents in homes where owners don’t learn to properly use their new gun.

Villeneuve and Denison both said their businesses encourage people to receive certain training before owning a firearm.

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