Local gun shops don’t see typical Black Friday crowds
Black Friday is the biggest day of the year for firearm sales, but several local gun shops said this year did not seem as busy as usual.
“It’s a little bit picked up, but not like it has been in the past,” said Bob Pniewski, owner of the Cloverleaf Gun Shop in Latrobe.
The FBI received more than 200,000 background check requests for gun purchases on Black Friday last year, a single-day record, according to USA Today . The two previous records were set on Black Friday in 2016 and 2015.
FBI figures for Black Friday 2018 will be released later.
This national trend can’t always be spotted at local stores.
“You never know,” said Bill Fazi, owner of Fazi Fire Arms in Penn Hills. “It’s hit or miss.”
Friday morning was a “miss” for Fazi, who said his store was pretty quiet.
Cloverleaf Gun Shop was busier than a typical Friday at this time of year, but Pniewski suspects Black Friday isn’t as important as it used to be. The holiday’s impact has dropped because stores now offer deep discounts throughout the holiday season.
“I think it’s ‘Black Month’ now,” he said.
Cloverleaf doesn’t offer any special Black Friday discounts.
“I don’t try to compete with the big box stores,” he said.
A&S Firearms and Accessory Store in Youngwood was busy on Black Friday, though not as much as usual, according to owner Todd Edmiston.
“Today is normally a busy day for us,” he said. “A lot of people have off today, or have people coming in from out of town.”
The pistol range at A&S helps attract gun owners enjoying their time off, Edmiston said.
The store offered deals on suppressors and free range time to gun buyers Friday.
Nate Gerheim, manager of The Shooters Bench in West Deer, said he had only seen a handful of shoppers Friday morning.
“In general, this time of year is usually fairly busy,” he said. “It just hasn’t been as busy as years past.”
Jacob Tierney and Emily Balser are Tribune-Review staff writers. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter @Soolseem. You can contact Emily at 724-226-4680, [email protected] or via Twitter @emilybalser.