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WI – RETAILERS – Amid COVID-19 Panic, Gun Sellers Report Major Spike In Business

Wisconsin firearm retailers are reporting gun sales have spiked by as much as 500 percent due to fear over the new coronavirus. According to data from the state Department of Justice’s Firearms Unit background checks have increased by nearly 330 percent in the last 10 days. Pat Kukull owns Superior Shooters Supply in Superior. In an interview Thursday morning she said last week the store saw a surge in customers looking for 9 mm ammunition, usually used in handguns, and .223 rounds, used in variations of the AR-15 rifle. “I’ve been through this before but this one is stranger because of what they’re buying,” said Kukull. “We all know what politics do to the firearm business. But this defense thing took me off-guard.” Kukull said ammo sales tripled last week, and 9 mm and .223 rounds quickly sold out. “Then, from there it went, oddly enough, to defensive shotguns, which we never had a big market for,” she said. Defensive shotguns are shorter than traditional shotguns used for duck or turkey hunting. They are also often equipped with pistol grips and can hold more shells. Kukull said there is no doubt people are panic buying firearms over fear of COVID-19. “And then some of them are kind of sheepish about it,” she said. “And some of them, it’s so obvious to me, that they’re out of their element,” Kukull said. Kukull said due to the surge in gun sales there have been some delays at the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Firearms Unit, which processes background checks.  [full article]

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