A Michigan gun store owner made her biggest sales in May after rioting in Grand Rapids the night after a George Floyd protest took place. Lisa Mayo is the owner of Flashpoint Firearms just a few miles north of Grand Rapids.
According to Mayo, her new customers "were scared" after the riots, and a "significant portion" of them are from Grand Rapids and low-income.
"There was a lot of single mothers that were coming in, never would have believed in their whole entire life that they would own a firearm, and they came to my store and said they need to protect themselves, but more importantly, their children. They're fearing for their lives, and their budget is around that $200-$350 price range," Mayo said.
She also explained that any new tax or regulatory expense imposed on gun ownership, like some of the gun control measures Joe Biden is proposing, would put them out of the market.
"I think that is very unwise because those people are probably the top people that need to protect themselves. Why don't we have the right to be able to defend ourselves. Common, middle-class people don't have enough money to pay for a bodyguard, so the next best thing is for us to be able to protect ourselves. It's everyone's right to own a firearm," Mayo said.
Biden's proposed gun policy includes a plan to register "assault weapons." If such gun owners refuse to participate in a federal buyback program, they could be required to register their AR-15s with federal authorities, submit fingerprints and photographs, pay a $200 federal tax on their already owned AR-15s, and potentially submit to an FBI background check.
"Those taxes are so draconian, they would just never happen in a million years. Nobody's paying those taxes, guaranteed. Their intent is to rile up their base and get more votes and they know the things they've mentioned will never happen," said Ed Swadish, owner of Huron Valley Guns in Oakland County's New Hudson.
According to Swadish, President Trump is "our best chance at maintaining our Second Amendment rights." He also believes that Democrats would "definitely come and try to take our guns."