The first round of Toledo police layoffs, in which 75 officers were let go, may already be having an affect on gun ownership. "I just don't feel safe with the amount they're laying off," says Jonna Ewing. "I think it's going to be a longer respond time." She is spending the day at a conceal carry class. She's been thinking of getting a gun for awhile, but feels now's the time due to the recent layoffs.
So says the media in Toledo, Ohio.
This is not surprising. The acquisition of firearms and ammunition picked up in the weeks prior to the November 2008 presidential election. Cuts in police budgets around the United States will likely keep demand high for any and all firearms that can be used for self defense (which is pretty much any firearm).