Surge in gun sales triggered by spread in coronavirus pandemic

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE)- Gun sellers across the country have been seeing a surge in sales recently. A West Monroe business owner says this surge correlates to the coronavirus pandemic.

Gun sellers across the country have been seeing a surge in sales recently. A West Monroe business owner says this surge correlates to the coronavirus pandemic.

Murphy’s Ammo and Firearms said business has been booming over the past month, but they’ve been struggling to keep up with the demand of customers. He said that with the coronavirus pandemic growing, this is no coincidence.

“Before they bought the groceries, they came here and bought ammo and a gun, to protect what is theirs. Be it groceries, the children, whatever,” said store owner David Spry.

According to Ammo.com, there has been a 309% increase in revenue from February to mid-March.

Spry said he just ordered 11 cases of ammo last week and is now left with less than two cases. Ammo has been flying off the shelves and he said his distributors are unable to keep up with stock.

He said he works with three of the biggest ammo distributors in the country and they all told him supply was low, so he’s had to limit the amount of ammunition each customer can buy. He said although it’s been difficult, he’s making supply stretch until his next shipment comes in later this week.

“The mainstream stuff I’m struggling with. If I’m struggling with it, everybody, all these local dealers here in town use the same three or four distributors,” said Spry.

Spry said the last time he’s experienced a shortage like this was when former President Obama was in office, and now he’s concerned about how he’ll keep up with demand in the coming weeks.