Gun sales surge amid coronavirus concerns

"Our warehouse is basically empty and everything we have is in the store."

Posted: Mar 26, 2020 6:24 PM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- As people are stocking up on supplies, guns are not being forgotten.

"It seems like more people are wanting to protect themselves and arm up," said Ryan McNamara, owner of Armac Tactical in Junction City.

He said sales for guns and ammo are way up and he said it's from gun owners and new buyers alike. And it's not unique to his shop.

Ken-Bob Johnson owns Northwest Arsenal in Eugene and said product is flying off the shelves faster than they can restock.

"Our warehouse is basically empty and everything we have is in the store," he said.

It's a hot topic on discussion boards online also.

Some are saying they want to be able to protect themselves from looting, and others say they're worried about a breakdown of law and order.

"They're knowing out there that they're kind of their own first responder, so they have to be able to protect themselves, their families, so that's what I'm kind of seeing," said McNamara.

"Most all of our suppliers are basically out of stock so we can't even order anything -- we've even made attempts to order ammunition from the manufacturer and the manufacturers are just way too backed up right now," echoed Johnson.

The FBI will release gun sale numbers next month, but for now, shop owners say it's like nothing they've ever seen.

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