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MD – TRAINING – Impact on sales of ammo, weapons at gun shops amid coronavirus outbreak

Some Maryland gun shops have closed believing that they were following Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order to close nonessential businesses in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Prior to closing, some gun shops like GUNTRY Club of Maryland noticed an increase in the sale of ammunition and weapons. On target, memberships at the GUNTRY were moving well — 600 in seven weeks. But the coronavirus has had an impact on the gun range, education and training center. This week, only three memberships were sold. Police officer training can still go on, but other than that, the 64,000 square foot facility is closed, like other gun shops per the governor’s order. “We supported it. The health of our community and our employees is much more important than profits, so we have to do what we have to do. We figured it was coming,” said Rick Landsman, of GUNTRY Club of Maryland. Apparently, so did gun owners. “With the outbreak of coronavirus, we’ve had an uptick in ammo sales and people interested in protection and home protection,” said Mark Gobol, of GUNTRY Club of Maryland. GUNTRY also noticed a slight increase in gun sales. “There were a wide variety of reactions to the situation. Some people were concerned about family safety, others were concerned about what they’ve been hearing. They wouldn’t be able to get these articles and products down the road,” said Gobol. Over the weekend, 11 News noticed a line outside the Gun Shack in Mount Airy. The store, practicing social distancing, only allowed 10 people in at a time. Over the weekend, 11 News noticed a line outside the Gun Shack in Mount Airy. The store, practicing social distancing, only allowed 10 people in at a time. Customers would not speak on camera, but told 11 News they were buying for hunting and in order to be prepared. Back at GUNTRY, they too were practicing social distancing. They first had to close their cafe, then the gun range and now the retail store. The ammo and weapons still in stock are protected in vaults. The owners said they are trying to handle the challenges.  [full article]

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