JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- Social unrest, a global pandemic and talk of defunding the police is the ultimate blueprint for increased gun sales.
“Gun sales have been up 200 to 300%. Everyone else is seeing that same kind of increase,” said Armac tactical owner Ryan McNamara.
Owners said gun sales are at an all-time high and 40% of those recent sales come from first-time gun buyers.
“I’m fending probably about 200 phone calls a day,” said the owner of GunRunner Arms Adam Bryce. “People are asking for firearms that aren’t available right now because the supply houses have been starting to run out.”
Now more than ever people want to find new ways to protect themselves.
“People are nervous,” said local gun buyer Matt Bonner. “If you defund the police and defund the sheriff’s department, criminals are going to have access to ammunition. It doesn’t matter what gun laws you have. Criminals are not going to mind the law. They are going to do whatever they want to do.”
Another concern is people wearing masks while carrying a firearm. Starting tomorrow, face coverings will be required for everyone to wear inside public indoor spaces statewide. But Oregon law does not prohibit someone from wearing a mask while lawfully carrying a concealed weapon. According to gun store owners, that’s not a safety concern at all.
“Well, I have a 4K camera inside. So I just ask (customers) to lift their mask up for a moment to get a picture of them so we know who is in the store,” said Bryce.
“If you are coming into the gun store, be courteous,” said McNamara. “Go ahead and show your face because by law we have to identify who is coming into our stores.”