As the coronavirus claims more victims across the U.S., gun and ammunition sales have reportedly increased as well — particularly in those states where COVID-19 has been the most lethal.
“You got to be protected for all sorts of stuff. Seems like the world has gone mad,” David Stone, owner of Oklahoma’s Dong’s Guns, Ammo and Reloading, told the Los Angeles Times in a piece published Monday.
It’s reportedly the same story in Culver City, California, where customers thronged to get into the Martin B. Retting gun shop. (RELATED: Background Checks, Gun Sales Skyrocket On Black Friday)
“Politicians and anti-gun people have been telling us for the longest time that we don’t need guns,” John Gore, a 39-year-old recent customer told the LA Times. “But right now, a lot of people are truly scared, and they can make that decision themselves.”
Online retailer Ammo.com has also noted ammunition sales spiking along with the coronavirus. The company reported a 68% jump in sales from Feb. 23 to March 4, while the coronavirus raged in Italy.
The National Rifle Association was quick to warn that gun control advocates could use the crisis to further their agenda.
— NRA (@NRA) March 14, 2020
Those buying the guns are often from states where support for the Second Amendment is not the strongest and where gun control advocates have succeeded in advancing legislation sometimes heavily regulating firearms, like Washington, California and New York. Many of those buyers are Asian-Americans, according to the LA Times, afraid of a coronavirus-induced backlash. (RELATED: ‘You’re Full Of Sh**’: Biden Gets Into Shouting Match With Auto Worker Over Guns)
The owner of Laguna Guns & Accessories in Elk Grove, California, told the LA Times that Asians have comprised much of his recent clientele, though sales have not been limited to only one ethnicity.