Gun sales spike across the nation
Nationwide gun purchases are skyrocketing as the coronavirus continues to spread.
As soon as they come in, store owners at High Caliber Guns in Long Beach say they are moving right off the shelf. “We saw gun sales starting about Wednesday. They spiked all the way out. Friday was a huge day. Saturday was a huge day.”
Stephen Hansen with High Caliber Guns says so far they’ve sold 80,000 rounds of ammunition and more than 100 guns each day. “We’re selling tons of bulk ammo and we still have some bulk ammo on hand. We are still selling single boxes. We have 380, 9 mill, we have do have some 556 coming.”
Throughout the day people like Benjamin Collins showed up to be prepared. “I don’t think people who are buying guns are scared of the Coronavirus per-say. I think they are afraid of the reaction. So if things become more heated and scare ramps up it will become hysteria and when that happens I think I may need something for personal protection.”
Collins is not alone. As Coronavirus fears continue to rise gun shops throughout the nation are seeing a significant spike in sales. Jeff Hansen with High Caliber Guns said, “With this who knows and you know it’s everywhere. It’s like you’ve heard food shortages are everywhere.”
“You don’t know when you’re going to need it so keep it close so that whenever you do have a situation where it might arise where there’s mass hysteria and you need it, you will have it.”
Stephen says they have no plans on running out, even though the guns and ammo need to be replaced regularly. “We do expect to see it go as far as our supply goes. We got news on Friday and Saturday that our distributors were out of guns and ammunition. What helps with us is we are direct, unlike a lot of other gun venues on the Coast, so we do have that option of ordering guns direct. We have guns on the way. We just came back from a huge show in Phoenix which we expect an 18-wheeler to show up with ammo and guns literally any day now.”