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Americans Are Hoarding Guns Amid Spread of Coronavirus Pandemic

Mark Andrew

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  • Buyers in the United States are lining up at gun stores to get their own firearms and ammunition.
  • According to some, they want to prepare for the unexpected, amid the spread of coronavirus in the country.
  • Authorities, however, disagree that hoarding guns would help solve the health problem.

While some people are stocking up on toilet paper and hand sanitizers amid the spread of coronavirus, some are actually busy lining up for guns and ammunition. As seen in the report below, gun shops across the United States are seeing a significant sales increase as buyers have started swamping their stores.

It’s an unprecedented type of panic caused by the disease and now store owners are struggling to meet local demand as hundreds of firearms get sold each day. Even online ammunition seller Ammo.com has reported a spike in both website visits, transactions, and revenue.

According to an Ammo.com representative, people want to feel “safer” amid the growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.

As an emailed statement from the seller tells us:

“The world has never seen anything like this and people want to make sure they’re prepared for whatever lies ahead, whether that be food shortages, government shutdown, or worse.”

Buyer Betsy Terrell of Georgia admitted that she finally got herself a handgun after the virus spread out. She believes that crime rates will likely grow as the economy crashes.

“I feel there’s potential political upheaval,” she said. “It’s scary. It’s only now I’ve felt this overwhelming need to arm myself to protect myself.”

Meanwhile, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said that purchasing weapons during the outbreak isn’t exactly a good idea.

“You have a lot of people now who are at home, normally they’re not, cabin fever sets in and you have a crowded environment. Weapons are not a good mix,” he told the media during a press conference.

Watch this video report:

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