An Arizona gun store owner says the current surge of gun and ammunition sales amid coronavirus fears is unlike anything he has ever seen and tops the surge that followed the Sandy Hook shooting.
“We’ve never seen anything like this,” Arizona gun store owner Kyle Olsen told Breitbart News, specifically comparing this gun surge to the one following the Sandy Hook tragedy.
Oklahoma gun store owner David Stone echoed Olsen’s comments earlier this week, saying business is “booming.”
“When I say sales have been booming, it’s an understatement,” he said.
“You got to be protected for all sorts of stuff,” he said. “Seems like the world has gone mad.”
Ammo.com, an ammunition seller, reported a 68% increase in gun purchases from Feb. 23 to March 4 compared to the 11 days before that.
A report suggested that Asian Americans are buying guns at an increased level due to fears of being blamed for the virus and the need to protect themselves.
“The world has never seen anything like this, and people want to make sure they’re prepared for whatever lies ahead, whether that be food shortages, government shutdown, or worse,” an Ammo.com spokesperson told CNN. “When everything around you is uncertain, having a supply of ammunition can make our customers feel safer.”