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INT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – Toilet paper, hand sanitiser and GUNS: COVID-19 hoarders ‘worried about what’s going to happen’ if critical supplies run out stock up on weapons and ammunition

Guns are bullets are flying off shelves almost as fast as toilet paper and hand sanitiser as the coronavirus turns everyday Australian’s into doomsday preppers. While some nervous residents are hording bare essentials in the event a Victoria-style lockdowns spreads across the nation, others are turning to stockpiling weapons and ammunition in fear of a ‘breakdown in society’.   Gun shops are reporting sky-rocketing trade with dozens upon dozens of people coming in each week to inquire about obtaining a weapon and license. Guns are bullets are flying off shelves almost as fast as toilet paper and hand sanitiser as the coronavirus turns everyday Australian’s into doomsday preppers.

While some nervous residents are hording bare essentials in the event a Victoria-style lockdowns spreads across the nation, others are turning to stockpiling weapons and ammunition in fear of a ‘breakdown in society’.

Gun shops are reporting sky-rocketing trade with dozens upon dozens of people coming in each week to inquire about obtaining a weapon and license. G&A Tactical owner Lee Haslett said sales at his shop at Burleigh Waters on the Gold Coast were going ‘through the roof’. Mr Haslett sold 2.5 tonnes of ammunition in a week alone in March, with one customer spending $8,000 on bullets in one transaction. ‘Don’t forget, ammunition is led so it’s heavy – we’re not talking about two truck loads of bread,’ he said. ‘Prices range from $0.20 a piece to $5 a bullet. ‘We sold out in March and we’re starting to sell out again because of what’s happening in Melbourne.’ The 59-year-old, who opened G&A Tactical in 2017, said 12 gauge shotguns were the most popular weapon among licensed preppers, followed .233 bolt-action and 308 cobalt rifles. Other popular items included balaclavas, bags, equipment and clothing, such as radio communications and uniforms for police.  [full article]

 

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