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NAT’L – RETAILERS – Storming the gun shops in jittery US

GLOBAL.CHINADAILY.COM.CN – February 8, 2021 – “We can’t keep guns on the shelf,” Charles Weston, owner of Drum Magazines in Kansas, Missouri, said of the rush on sales since the riot at the US Capitol on Jan 6 that left five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer.

Gun sales in the United States hit a historic high of 2 million in January?also the month President Joe Biden took office. The figure extended a record-setting surge that began when the coronavirus pandemic took hold in early 2020.

“Guns, ammunition, any extra accessories. Any optics. Anything that’s going to give that advantage. Trying to buy bulletproof vests, even gas masks,” Weston told NBC affiliate KSGB-TV.

Weston said his customers are not acting out of fear, but preparation.

Trin Porter agrees. He said being prepared was the goal for his family after watching the attack inside the Capitol in Washington.

“If they can do it at the US Capitol, anybody can decide to have an insurrection anywhere. And with that being said, everybody needs to be able to protect themselves,” he said.

Gene Smith, co-owner of Hoover Tactical Firearm in Birmingham, Alabama, said his store has been crowded with customers since the day after the riot by supporters of then-president Donald Trump forced lawmakers and then-vice president Mike Pence to flee the Capitol as they were voting to affirm Biden’s electoral victory.

For the three days after the riot, Smith said: “We’ll probably do over $100,000. That is very atypical.”

Smith, who could not be reached to confirm sales for those days, told Fox affiliate WBRC-6 TV that about 40 percent of his business can depend on what is going on nationally.

“I like the attention, but I don’t like the issues that created the attention toward firearms,” he said. “I think some people are overreacting.” [full article source]

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