Gun and ammo sales flourish, permits up locally

Gun and ammo sales flourish, permits up locally

Times Herald File Photo Guns were a booming business in 2020. While much of the country’s economy may have suffered during the pandemic last year, at least one sector flourished. When it came to guns and ammo, business and related police activity went wild. “Our gun permits went through the roof,” said Daviess County Sheriff Gary Allison. “We had more than double the number of applications for permits than we received in 2019 or 2018.” Allison said his office processed 152 applications in 2018, 149 in 2019 and then that number jumped to 383 in 2020. Many of those applications came in November and December. “I think it had to do with politics,” said Allison. “There are people who are convinced that they needed to get a gun before the federal government made it too difficult for them.” “We have heard a lot of the same thing,” said Steve Summers, who operates White River Guns and Ammo west of Plainville. “I’ve had a 90 to 100% increase in buyers and most are first time purchasers. A lot of it has to do with the election. Some are afraid they won’t be able to buy a gun in the future. People are just running around frantically trying to buy guns and ammunition.” The run on weapons has often left buyers on a waiting list, but Summers says that situation seems to be improving. “I am getting some long guns and hand guns and have been able to restock,” said Summers. […]

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