Joplin sees same surge in gun sales as rest of nation

Joplin sees same surge in gun sales as rest of nation

Cory Adkins, of Joplin Centerfire, holds a Glock 19, one of the best selling firearms in the country on Friday at the range and store. Adkins said the reliability of the Glglock makes it a popular choice for gun buyers. Gun sales have been growning in recent months nationally and locally.GLOBE | LAURIE SISK The COVID-19 pandemic has had a mixed effect on Joplin Centerfire, a local indoor shooting range. Social distancing and a demand for ammunition have kept people away from the range. Cory Adkins, chief range officer for the business, said people are not coming in to shoot as much as they used to. But the lack of range business has been balanced by customers coming in to buy guns. "Sales are significantly up," Adkins said. "It had been a trend, up until about a month ago, where we were seeing new gun ownership rates up 100% or 200% from last year." Joplin Centerfire is seeing the same trend as other gun sellers across the country. Sales hit a historic high in January, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, with dealers selling more than 2 million firearms. According to the foundation, that’s the biggest-selling January on record and 75% higher than the same month last year. Sales were already high in 2020, from a year filled with pandemic uncertainty, a stalled economy and widespread protests over racial injustice and police brutality. The Capitol riot and inauguration of a Democratic president are believed to be responsible for […]

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