ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - While the ongoing federal shutdown has done plenty of damage to New Mexico's economy, fear over a possible U.S. default could be helping to fuel sales of certain survival items.
Kaufman's West store manager Vanessa Banez says in the two weeks since the shutdown started, emergency meals and a number of similar items have been flying off the shelf.
"A lot more survival gear's been going out," Banez said. "Wool blankets, canteens, ammo cans, gas masks also."
Banez points to two causes for the spike: Dysfunction in Congress and the popularity of "Doomsday Preppers," a National Geographic show that features survivalists going to extreme lengths to prepare for the worst.
Kaufman's West isn't the only store seeing solid sales of survival supplies.
Tactical Survival Systems' owner Loren Azevedo says business has been steady during the shutdown and has been for months. His store sells a wide array of survival products, including books and emergency gear.
But Azevedo says he's been seeing a different clientele lately.
"We're seeing a lot more of younger people coming in; we're seeing couples coming in, also younger," Azevedo said. "There's a lot of people who really don't see the future being that bright so they want to hedge their bets."
Gun sales don't appear to be following suit at this point. While they are up overall, Caliber's training director Jordan Nighbert says his store hasn't seen a sales spike so far.
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