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PA – RETAILERS – ‘Craziest I Have Ever Seen It’: Gun Sales Surge Amid Coronavirus Fears

The coronavirus pandemic has put a strain on the gun and ammunition industry, as well as the FBI’s background check system, due to surging demand. So many Americans are flocking to local gun stores to stock up on firearms and ammunition in the face of the novel coronavirus that dealers say they are scrambling to keep up with demand. The surge is also causing delays in FBI background checks, forcing gun owners and first-time buyers alike to wait for their purchases to be approved. In the worst affected areas, the normally instantaneous checks could begin to take weeks. “This is the craziest I have ever seen it. We sold out of all FMJ in the main calibers … and are only left with some high-end self-defense ammo,” Scott Blick, a managing partner at Ammunition Depot, told the Washington Free Beacon. “We have ammo coming in by the truckload to restock, but it will be a long time before we are back to normal inventory.” The FBI said it only publicly releases data on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) monthly but the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearms industry’s trade group, said the number of gun checks tripled at one point.  [full article]

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