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CO – RETAILERS – As gun supply tightens, firearm sales surge in Four Corners

Coloradans bought firearms in unusually high numbers this year, driven by turbulence of the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests and discussion about defunding the police, according to dealers and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The CBI performed more than 97,000 gun background checks in March and April as firearm sales rocketed during the coronavirus outbreak. This summer, as riots shook large U.S. cities, the demand has not slowed. In July, the CBI approved more than 40,000 background checks, and more than 6,000 permits for concealed handgun permits, a nearly 58% spike compared with the previous July’s 3,800 permits for concealed handguns. And through July, the CBI performed 282,000 background checks this year, nearly 85% of the CBI’s caseload of 335,000 checks for all of 2019. Gun manufacturers are operating at partial capacity to avoid spreading the virus among workers on the floor. Rock Island Armory in the Philippines, one of the biggest handgun manufacturers in the world, remains closed. Some factories switched to producing the respirators used to treat COVID-19 patients in the early stages of the pandemic. Closer to home, the statewide surge played out last week in Cortez. The Gun Show at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds last week attracted locals looking for ammunition, which has been in short supply across the United States because of increased demand and limited manufacturing.  [full article]

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