Local gun shops continue to see hike in sales

Local gun shops continue to see hike in sales

Employee Zach Emond helped customer Jason Graves of Heath at the Gun Rack on Avenue A in Turners Falls this summer after the shop reopened after being closed because of the pandemic. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ A customer enters the Gun Rack gun shop on Avenue A in Turners Falls this past summer after the shop reopened after being closed because of the pandemic. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ Bear Arms gun shop on New Athol Road in Orange. Overwatch Outpost in Charlemont Firearm and ammunition sales across the country have risen since the pandemic began, according to The Firearm Industry Trade Association, and it’s no different in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region. Norman Emond Jr., owner of The Gun Rack on Avenue A in Turners Falls, said he had an inventory of 1,600 guns before COVID-19 struck the area in March, and that has decreased by half since. Emond credits that to panic when the pandemic hit, an election year, riots that happened around the country after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn., plus supply-and-demand issues. “I’m also selling an unprecedented number of guns, so I can’t keep up,” Emond said. “There are days I sell 50 or 60 guns. On a typical day, I sell 30 or 40. And I’m seeing a lot of first-time buyers. I get a shipment every day, but the numbers have gone down.” Emond said about 20 percent of his sales are for recreation, while 80 percent is for […]

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