Gun sales increasing in Marshall County

Gun sales increasing in Marshall County

T-R PHOTO BY LANA BRADSTREAM – John Mann of Marshalltown practices with his .22 rifle at the Isaac Walton League on Sunday. He has enjoyed shooting since the age of 3. Gun sales are increasing across America and Marshall County is no exception. Dana Schoppe is the manager of Daryl’s Gun Shop in State Center. She said gun sales have been increasing since January. However, it really picked up speed after the pandemic began in March. “I asked a few people why they were buying and they said it was because people were hoarding toilet paper, then diapers and the basic necessities that people need,” Schoppe said. “Gun owners are stocking up on ammo. The first-time gun owners want to protect themselves.” Inquiries on how to get gun permits have been made. More people are utilizing the indoor and the outdoor shooting ranges at Daryl’s. Schoppe said there are many new faces at the ranges as usage has increased more than 150 percent since 2020 began. She said weekends at the range are full, there is barely any room for people. “The pandemic scared everybody,” she said. “Some want to get more proficient at shooting and some are just going different routes from hoarding.” T-R PHOTO BY LANA BRADSTREAM – Gun sales have increased across the country, including in Marshall County. Dana Schoppe, the manager of Daryl’s Gun Shop in State Center, said maintaining an inventory of firearms can be a challenge. However, Schoppe said some groups of people […]

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