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Local Redding gun shop sees rise in sales amid coronavirus pandemic

Gun stores across the Redding area say weapons and ammo are flying off the shelves.

Posted: Apr 2, 2020 7:33 PM
Updated: Apr 2, 2020 10:15 PM

REDDING, Calif.- Gun stores across the Redding area say weapons and ammo are flying off the shelves.

Action News Now spoke to the general manager of Olde West Gun and Loan who says the reason why many people may be buying so much could be because firearms simply make people feel safe.

General manager, Richard Howell, says the demand right now is high, but supply is relatively low since there aren't that many distributors.

Since the outbreak, he's since a spike specifically in ammo, handgun, and shotgun sales.

During this time, Howell tells me many of his customers are buying guns for the first time ever. 

"They're being a little bit more protective, a little bit more concerned," says Howell. " I mean it's a world-wide pandemic, it's not just something that is casual to one area. I think they're being concerned about their livelihood and their exercising their second amendment right."

With the spike in customers, Howell is taking precautionary measures to ensure his staff and clients' safety. He tells Action News Now he's limiting the number of people that can come into his shop and also screening them more thoroughly. 

The Department of Homeland Security deemed gun retailers as essential so many of them will stay open during the stay at home order. 

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