Gun sales in America have skyrocketed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of people, including first-time gun buyers, have literally cleared the shelves of certain types of firearms and most ammunition.
With the exception of law enforcement and military, anyone who plans to purchase a firearm can expect to pay more than usual for many popular guns and nearly all ammunition. Thanks to an existing deal with gun manufacturer Glock, police, military and first responders are still able to get a Glock pistol at a discount under the Blue Label program. Civilians, on the other hand, should be prepared to pay full price-plus.
Why did the COVID-19 pandemic push gun sales to an all-time high?
At first, it seems strange that gun sales would rise during a viral pandemic. Why would anyone need a gun to fight off a virus?
The pandemic isn't the main reason for the high demand, although the uncertainty has certainly contributed to many of those sales. The main reason Americans are buying out gun shops quickly is because of the violent looting and rioting that has been happening across the nation.
After the tragic death of George Floyd, violent riots broke out in major cities across the United States, including Portland, Oregon; New York City; Seattle; Atlanta and Chicago. After watching these incidents unfold on the news, people are realizing the importance of protecting their homes, families, and businesses with firepower.
Protests have turned into violent riots with looting
So far, thousands of people have been injured and at least 15 people have been killed during these violent riots. Protestors have vandalized and destroyed police precincts, small businesses, major corporations, and even some residential areas.
In Seattle's Capitol Hill, a group of protestors took over several blocks in a residential neighborhood and tried to create an "autonomous zone" they called "CHOP" (Capital Hill Occupied Protest) where police were not allowed to enter. According to The Sun, the area's crime rate rose by 525%, which included violent robberies and two shooting deaths. On at least one occasion, police were prevented from entering the area to render aid after the first gun victim was shot.
Existing gun owners see these incidents unfold on the news and stock up on a little more ammo. People who don't own a firearm see these incidents and many decide right then and there to buy a gun for protection.
Firearms make people feel safe and protected
Having a firearm for self-defense removes a feeling of helplessness should anyone threaten your life or property. In most cases, the presence of a gun will deter someone from committing a crime if they're unarmed, outgunned, or they didn't plan on encountering another human being while committing their crime.
When encountering a criminal who isn't afraid to get violent, a firearm is the fastest way to stop them in their tracks.
As far as the violent protestors go, most are unarmed and are more interested in looting and destroying property than violently attacking people. However, that's not the case across the board.
Still, some people have been able to fend off potential looters just by brandishing a firearm. For example, in several small towns across the U.S., armed citizens guarded local small businesses and groups of angry protestors passed through without incident.
What you need to know about firearms during the COVID-19 pandemic
It's always been a constitutional right under the Second Amendment for Americans to own firearms. Most states allow open carry and in many states it's fairly easy to get a concealed carry permit. However, one of the stipulations for being granted a concealed carry permit is that you cannot cover your face while carrying your weapon.
Now that many states have implemented mandatory mask laws, people have been wondering if they're allowed to conceal carry while wearing a mask. The answer varies by state, but for the most part, it's not true.
Generally, state CCW rules prohibit someone from carrying while wearing a face covering to conceal their identity or wearing a face covering while committing a crime. If a person is not committing a crime, they can wear a mask and conceal carry at the same time.
Gun sales always rise with violence and uncertainty
Although people buy firearms for varying reasons, gun sales rise nationwide when people have a pressing need to protect themselves. The current uncertain state of the world is causing many to realize that pressing need.
Larry Alton is a professional blogger, writer, and researcher. A graduate of Iowa State University, he's now a full-time freelance writer and business consultant. Currently, Larry writes for Entrepreneur.com, Inc.com, and Forbes.com, among others. In addition to journalism, technical writing and in-depth research, he's also active in his community and spends weekends volunteering with a local non-profit literacy organization and rock climbing. Follow him on Twitter (@LarryAlton3), at LinkedIn.com/in/larryalton, and on his website, LarryAlton.com. Read Larry Alton's Reports — More Here.
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