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WI – RETAILERS – Amid COVID-19 Panic, Gun Sellers Report Major Spike In Business

WISCONSIN FIREARM RETAILERS ARE REPORTING GUN SALES HAVE SPIKED BY AS MUCH AS 500 PERCENT DUE TO FEAR OVER THE NEW CORONAVIRUS. ACCORDING TO DATA FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE'S FIREARMS UNIT BACKGROUND CHECKS HAVE INCREASED BY NEARLY 330 PERCENT IN THE LAST 10 DAYS. PAT KUKULL OWNS SUPERIOR SHOOTERS SUPPLY IN SUPERIOR. IN AN INTERVIEW THURSDAY MORNING SHE SAID LAST WEEK THE STORE SAW A SURGE IN CUSTOMERS LOOKING FOR 9 MM AMMUNITION, USUALLY USED IN HANDGUNS, AND .223 ROUNDS, USED IN VARIATIONS OF THE AR-15 RIFLE.

NYC – RETAILERS – NYC’s Oldest Gun Shop is Biting the Bullet

After nearly 110 years, the city’s oldest gun shop is closing its doors. John Jovino Gun Shop in Little Italy first opened up in 1911 but its owner Charles Hu says he cannot pay rent without customers. He says he had hoped to keep it open at least one more year, so he could retire after turning 75. “I completed my mission. I did a good job. No violations….

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Gun Stores In Five States Defy Closure Orders

GUN STORES IN SEVERAL STATES HAVE DEFIED ORDERS TO CLOSE THEIR DOORS AS THE PANDEMIC DRIVES HISTORIC DEMAND FOR FIREARMS, ACCORDING TO BACKGROUND CHECK DATA MAINTAINED BY THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION AND INTERVIEWS WITH SHOP OWNERS. GOVERNORS OF FIVE STATES — MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, NEW MEXICO, NEW YORK, AND WASHINGTON — ORDERED GUN DEALERS TO CLOSE IN APRIL UNDER STATEWIDE STAY-AT-HOME DIRECTIVES. FBI DATA FROM APRIL SHOWS THAT DEALERS IN THOSE STATES CONDUCTED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF GUN BACKGROUND CHECKS. IN WASHINGTON STATE, WHERE GUN SHOPS WERE SHUTTERED BY A MARCH 25 STAY-AT-HOME ORDER, 42,000 CHECKS WERE INITIATED IN APRIL. SOME BUSINESSES SELL GUNS IN ADDITION TO FOOD AND OTHER HOUSEHOLD ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN DEEMED ESSENTIAL. MICHIGAN AND NEW YORK PERMIT THESE STORES TO CONTINUE SELLING GUNS, WHICH MAY EXPLAIN SOME CHECKS IN THE FBI’S DATA.

CA – RETAILERS – Kennedy Wins Major 2nd Amendment Victory As Ventura County Will Now Allow Gun Stores To Reopen

Today Ronda Kennedy, the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in CA 26, announced that she has won a major victory for 2nd Amendment advocates in her groundbreaking lawsuit against Ventura County, California with Ventura County conceding defeat and allowing gun stores to reopen in the county. This move came just as Kennedy was preparing to argue the case before Federal District Court Judge Consuelo B. Marshall in expedited hearing….

CA – RETAILERS – Meet the gun safety instructor holding ‘office hours’ on Zoom

ON A RECENT AFTERNOON IN SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, CHUCK ROSSI HELD UP HIS AR-15 IN FRONT OF HIS COMPUTER CAMERA, TALKING THROUGH HOW TO HOLD THE WEAPON SAFELY, AND HOW TO LOAD IT WITH AMMUNITION. “AR-15S ARE MODULAR. THEY’RE LIKE LEGOS FOR MEN,” ROSSI SAID. THE MAN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ZOOM CALL CHUCKLED. ROSSI IS AN ACTIVIST-TURNED SAFETY INSTRUCTOR, ONE OF THE MANY GUN OWNERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO ARE USING ZOOM OR SOCIAL MEDIA TO TEACH NEW GUN OWNERS HOW TO USE THEIR WEAPONS. THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS DRIVEN RECORD-BREAKING NUMBERS OF GUN SALES IN THE UNITED STATES, AS GUN SELLERS HAVE SUCCEEDED IN BEING CATEGORIZED AS “ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES”. AT LEAST ANECDOTALLY, MANY OF THE MILLIONS OF GUNS SOLD DURING THE PANDEMIC HAVE GONE TO FIRST-TIME GUN BUYERS, SPARKING CONCERNS ABOUT POTENTIAL INCREASES IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, GUN ACCIDENTS AND CHILD GUN DEATHS.

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Gun Shops Flouted State Closure Orders in April as Industry Notched Another Big Month

GUN STORES IN SEVERAL STATES HAVE DEFIED ORDERS TO CLOSE THEIR DOORS AS THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DRIVES HISTORIC DEMAND FOR FIREARMS, ACCORDING TO BACKGROUND CHECK DATA MAINTAINED BY THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION AND INTERVIEWS WITH SHOP OWNERS. GOVERNORS OF FIVE STATES — MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, NEW MEXICO, NEW YORK, AND WASHINGTON — ORDERED GUN DEALERS TO CLOSE IN APRIL UNDER STATEWIDE STAY-AT-HOME DIRECTIVES. BUT FBI DATA FROM APRIL SHOWS THAT DEALERS IN THOSE STATES INITIATED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF GUN BACKGROUND CHECKS. IN WASHINGTON STATE, WHERE GUN SHOPS WERE SHUTTERED BY A MARCH 25 STAY-AT-HOME ORDER, 42,000 CHECKS WERE INITIATED IN APRIL.

MA – RETAILERS – Biz soars as area gun shops reopen

SALES AT AREA STORES IN MASSACHUSETTS HAVE GONE THROUGH THE ROOF SINCE NOON LAST SATURDAY, WHEN THEY WERE ALLOWED TO OPEN THE DOORS AGAIN. “IT WAS KIND OF A NIGHTMARE FOR ME,” CHARLES RICKO, OWNER OF OVERWATCH OUTPOST IN CHARLEMONT, SAID OF THE PAST TWO MONTHS. “SMALL BUSINESSES LIKE MINE, WE GET BY MONTH TO MONTH.” THE STORE SELLS FIREARMS, AMMUNITION, TACKLE AND LIVE BAIT, OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL CLOTHING AND ARCHERY EQUIPMENT. RICKO ALSO OFFERS FIREARMS TRAINING. “FINANCIALLY, IT’S HARD,” HE SAID. “I’VE BEEN LIVING OFF SAVINGS AND WHATEVER I HAD IN THE BANK. I HAD ZERO INCOME COMING IN.”

MA – RETAILERS – Mass. gun shops back open by judge’s ruling against Baker order

GUN SHOPS IN MASSACHUSETTS WERE ALLOWED TO REOPEN SATURDAY AFTER A FEDERAL JUDGE ISSUED A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AGAINST THE STATE. GOV. BAKER HAD EXCLUDED GUN SHOPS FROM THE LIST OF ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES ALLOWED TO CONTINUE OPERATIONS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY. A COMPLAINT FILED ON BEHALF OF GUN SHOPS, INDIVIDUALS AND SECOND AMENDMENT GROUPS CHALLENGED THAT DECISION.

CA – RETAILERS – Kennedy Wins An Expediated Hearing For U.S. Federal Court To Order Ventura County To Allow Gun Stores To Reopen

Today Ronda Kennedy, the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in CA 26, announced that she has won an expediated hearing from a United States District judge in her
injunctive relief case against Ventura County, California for shutting down all gun stores in the County. The Ventura County Counsel’s legal opinion is that gun stores are non-essential businesses and under the state ordered shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic must…

MA – RETAILERS – After Court Ruling, ‘People Are Going To Come Out And Buy Guns Just To Buy Guns,’ Shop Owner Predicts

Gun shops in Massachusetts can reopen this weekend, after a federal judge said Thursday it is unconstitutional for the state to close them because of the coronavirus pandemic. Vinny Cedrone — whose store, Shawsheen Firearms in Billerica, was the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the state — predicts gun owners who were "enraged" by the temporary shutdown will make a statement with their wallets.

ID – RETAILERS – Gun sales, background checks still surging

Gun sales continued to surge in April amid pandemic fears, marking the second consecutive month the industry has seen a massive year-over-year spike. Americans bought nearly 1.8 million guns last month, according to estimates from Small Arms Analytics, which tracks the industry.

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Pandemic-fueled surge in gun sales overwhelms FBI background check system; dealers urged to wait on sales

THOUSANDS OF U.S. GUN DEALERS WERE URGED NOT TO FINALIZE SURGING WEAPONS' SALES UNTIL THE FBI COMPLETES BACKGROUND CHECKS EVEN IF THE REVIEW PROCESS EXTENDS BEYOND THE MANDATED THREE BUSINESS DAYS. THE NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION ISSUED THE ADVISORY AT THE START OF A RUSH ON THE FIREARMS MARKET AS A CRUSH OF GUN BUYERS FLOODED THE BUREAU’S SYSTEM DURING THE CORONAVIRUS HEALTH EMERGENCY.

ID – RETAILERS – Gun Sales, Background Checks Still Surging

GUN SALES CONTINUED TO SURGE IN APRIL AMID PANDEMIC FEARS, MARKING THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE MONTH THE INDUSTRY HAS SEEN A MASSIVE YEAR-OVER-YEAR SPIKE. AMERICANS BOUGHT NEARLY 1.8 MILLION GUNS LAST MONTH, ACCORDING TO ESTIMATES FROM SMALL ARMS ANALYTICS, WHICH TRACKS THE INDUSTRY.

NAT’L – RETAILERS – April 2020 Sets Record for Firearm Background Checks

FBI figures show April 2020 witnessed more firearm background checks than any April since the inception of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), in 1998. According to the FBI, there were 2,911,128 background checks conducted in April 2020. The closest any other April came to that figure was in 2019, when 2,334, 294 NICS checks were done. April’s surge in background checks followed a March that shattered all…

DC – RETAILERS – Record gun sales for second month, over 7M this year

GUN SALES MAINTAINED A RECORD PACE FOR A SECOND STRAIGHT MONTH AS PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES RUSHED TO ARM UP AMID SAFETY CONCERNS OVER THE GROWING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND THE LIKELY NOMINATION BY DEMOCRATS OF THE MOST ANTI-GUN TICKET IN HISTORY. AS IN MARCH, WHEN THE SWEEP OF THE VIRUS SHOCKED THE NATION, THE FBI TODAY SAID APRIL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN SALES AND CONCEALED CARRY PERMITS HIT A NEW RECORD OF 2,911,128 BACKGROUND CHECKS, A SURGE OF 576,879 OVER APRIL 2019.

MA – RETAILERS – Mass. Pressed For Rationale For COVID-19 Gun Shop Ban

A MASSACHUSETTS FEDERAL JUDGE ON MONDAY LAID INTO ATTORNEYS FOR GOV. CHARLIE BAKER FOR OFFERING "CONCERTED SILENCE" ABOUT WHY THE STATE CLOSED GUN STORES DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK WHILE ALLOWING LIQUOR STORES AND OTHER RETAILERS WITHOUT CONSTITUTIONAL UNDERPINNINGS TO REMAIN OPEN. DURING A THREE-HOUR HEARING, U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE DOUGLAS P. WOODLOCK REPEATEDLY PRESSED GOVERNMENT ATTORNEYS FOR THE STATE'S RATIONALE AND ASKED THEM TO WORK WITH RETAILERS CHALLENGING THE CLOSURES TO DRAFT A PLAN ON HOW THE STORES COULD SAFELY REOPEN IN CASE HE DECIDES THE SECOND AMENDMENT DEMANDS IT.

FL – RETAILERS – Meet the Florida Firefighter Who Refused to Close His Gun Store

ON THE AFTERNOON OF MARCH 24, TWO DELRAY BEACH, FLA., CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WALKED INTO WEX GUNWORKS AND TOLD OWNER BRANDON WEXLER THAT HE HAD TO SHUT DOWN OVER CONCERNS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS. WEXLER'S MIND IMMEDIATELY WENT TO THE CUSTOMERS WHO HAD BEGUN FLOODING HIS SHOP AS THE DEADLY VIRUS SPREAD. FLORIDA LAW REQUIRES STORES TO HOLD GUNS PURCHASED BY RESIDENTS WITHOUT GUN-CARRY PERMITS FOR AT LEAST FIVE DAYS. WEXLER HAD MORE THAN 500 PEOPLE WAITING ON THEIR PURCHASES AT THE TIME. "YOU'RE VIOLATING THEIR RIGHTS. THEY CAN'T PROTECT THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR PROPERTY. AND GOD FORBID IF THIS THING TURNED SIDEWAYS," WEXLER SAID. "I NEED TO HELP THESE PEOPLE. I WENT INTO FIREMAN MODE." IN ADDITION TO RUNNING THE GUN SHOP, WEXLER IS A PALM BEACH COUNTY FIREFIGHTER.

CA – RETAILERS – Valley Voice: In time of coronavirus or not, gun shops are indeed ‘essential’

The answer to the question posed by Bruce Fessier in his March 31 Your Turn column (“Libraries more ‘essential’ than gun stores right now”) asking why gun stores are allowed to be open, while libraries must close, is obvious. Anything you may want to read can be accessed over the Internet. If you want to be able to protect yourself and your loved ones, the state of California requires that you come into my…

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