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Surge in Gun Ownership: Understanding the Rise in Gun Sales in Maine and Nationwide During Pandemic


Guns sales have been on the rise since the start of pandemic, most likely due the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and also due to increased racial tensions nationwide and here in Maine. We'll learn about the demographic makeup of new gun owners, such as more women and minorities, and why societal conditions are causing people to purchase firearms. We'll also discuss the health and safety concerns associated with this surge in gun sales.


Matt Lang, associate professor of teaching, Department of Economics, University of California Riverside

Kristine Blake (call-in), co-owner, Liberty Tree Arms gun shop, Waldoboro

Geoff Bickford (call-in), executive director, Maine Gun Safety Coalition 

David Trahan (call-in), executive director, Sportman’s Alliance of Maine


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.