Run on guns driving up prices at stores and pawn shops alike

JOHN LEYH WORKS in the gun department at Big J Jewelry and Loan, 136 S. Seventh St. in Grand Junction. The run on guns that began after the election of Barack Obama is driving a lot of his business lately, Leyh said. “The redneck economy is flourishing,” Leyh said with a laugh.  A shotgun that a few months ago would have sold for $800 to $1,000 now will fetch $1,200 to $1,500, he said.



GUN SALES 11-22

JOHN LEYH WORKS in the gun department at Big J Jewelry and Loan, 136 S. Seventh St. in Grand Junction. The run on guns that began after the election of Barack Obama is driving a lot of his business lately, Leyh said. “The redneck economy is flourishing,” Leyh said with a laugh.  A shotgun that a few months ago would have sold for $800 to $1,000 now will fetch $1,200 to $1,500, he said.

People looking to buy guns aren’t haunting just sporting-goods stores. They’re looking as well for guns in pawn shops and reclaiming firearms they’ve already pawned. In the…




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