Gun virus meets Covid-19 virus

Central Station | 26 Mar 2020

Firearms sales have exploded in the already gun-crazy United States in the last two weeks as the virus outbreak worsens.

"We've have an 800 percent increase in sales," says David Stone, owner of Dong's Guns, Ammo and Reloading in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Most customers rushing for firearms are first-time buyers who'll grab anything available because of fear over the coronavirus, he says.

Tiffany Teasdale, owner of Lynnwood Gun in Washington state says customers are lining up an hour before her store opens seven days a week.

"We used to have on busy days 20 to 25 firearms sold," says Teasdale, who has hired a bouncer to keep people in check. "Today we're seeing upward of 150."

She notes that shotguns are now in short supply everywhere, though people also reach for handguns, semi-automatic rifles - "everything."

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