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IL – RETAILERS – Local gun stores say despite high guns sales, owners are still struggling in the industry

In 2020, the nation saw a surge in gun sales that’s continuing into 2021. Reports from the National Sporting Shoots Foundations show more than 20 million guns were purchased over the past year. Kevin Moody, owner of KAM Shooting Sports in Morton, said the spike in gun sales from last year is showing no sign of slowing down. “Not right now, no,” Moody said. “Other than it’s very difficult to get inventory. That’s the biggest thing right now is we can’t order anything.” He attributes the spike in firearm sales to the COVID-19 pandemic, civil unrest and new regulations. “People think they won’t be able to get them [firearms] anymore,” Moody said. “The regulations take them away. They make them harder to buy certain types of firearms or make it harder to buy certain types of ammunition.” Justin Lipes, owner of The Tac Shack in Peoria, said the majority of the purchases he saw came from new gun owners. “I was kind of shocked at how many people during this pandemic were buying guns for the very first time,” Lipes said. “I was kind of shocked at how many people during this pandemic were buying guns for the very first time,” Lipes said. But Moody said even with high gun sales and his concealed carry class filling up for the next three months, he said things are still tough on shop owners. One example he gave is Illinois’ Firearm Dealer License Certification. He said it added more requirements from when they were just regulated at the federal level. “We have to basically keep two sets of books,” Moody said. We had to add a whole bunch of cameras, a security plan, and we had to pay extra money for that certificate on top of our federal licensing and regulations we had to take care of.”  [full article]

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