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- Gun manufacturers American Outdoor Brands and Sturm, Ruger & Co. rose in early Monday trading. The stock jumps follow mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that left a combined 29 people dead.
- American Outdoor Brands and Sturm Ruger traded up to 7.3% and 3.1% higher, respectively.
- Meanwhile, the broader market dropped sharply.
- President Trump commented on the attacks Monday morning, calling for “bipartisan solutions” and blaming gun violence on video games, mental illness, and racist hatred.
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American Outdoor Brands, formerly Smith & Wesson, rose as much as 7.3% Monday. Sturm Ruger jumped as much as 3.1%. Both companies have since erased their gains, trading 1.7% and 0.1% higher as of 11:15a.m. ET, respectively.
President Trump commented on the events Monday, calling for “bipartisan solutions” to combat gun violence and blaming video games, mental illness and racism for the shootings. Trump didn’t call for federal universal background checks, a gun-control measure with strong bipartisan support. He instead suggested a collaboration between state and federal agencies to “develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike.”
The weekend events brought the number of US mass shootings this year to 255, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The Justice Department is investigating the El Paso incident as an act of domestic terror.
Gun stocks typically rise after mass shootings, as renewed calls for tougher firearms laws increase speculation that people would want to buy more weapons before regulations take effect.
American Outdoor Brands is down about 31% year-to-date. The company traded at $8.78 per share as of 11:15 a.m. ET Monday.
Sturm Ruger is down about 13% year-to-date. The company traded at $46.03 per share as of 11:15 a.m. ET Monday.
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