As Gun Sales Continue to Surge, State Sees Record Number of Background Checks

As Gun Sales Continue to Surge, State Sees Record Number of Background Checks

Click photo for gallery “Who would have expected a run on guns, ammo and toilet paper,” said J&E Guns clerk John Walters about the shopping habits of Americans over the course of the coronavirus pandemic. While the run on toilet paper seems to have slowed down some, Walters said sales at the gun shop in Bellefonte have remained high over the past six months, leaving ammo and certain guns in short supply. “You kind of have the perfect storm of a pandemic and presidential election involving two very diametrically-opposed opinions, especially concerning the Second Amendment, that is scaring the living daylights out of people,” said Walters. That, along with production and supply chain disruptions caused by the shutdown of businesses, has guns — particularly handguns and assault-style rifles like the AR-15 — and ammunition in high demand, he said. On the other hand, as hunting season begins, long rifles and their ammunition remain in good supply. Walters said he works with sales representatives and J&E Guns remains stocked with some handguns and restocks as much as possible. But he said he has never seen anything like the demand for guns over the past six months. “And this is industry-wide,” said Walters. “It is odd — a sign of the times.” Tom Engle, owner of Hunters Warehouse in Bellefonte, said there has been a huge influx of customers looking for pistols, assault-style rifles and, he said, oddly enough, shotguns. “In nearly 40 years in this business, I have never seen […]

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