Pandemic closures related to gun, ammunition shortage

Pandemic closures related to gun, ammunition shortage

Melanie and Vernon Schwarte own Thunder Guns in Kimballton and are working on opening a second location in Harlan. While dealers of guns and ammunition are seeing an increase in sales, one of the owners of a gun shop in Kimballton said that’s not too unusual for an election year. Melanie Schwarte, of Thunder Guns Sporting Goods Store in Kimballton, said, "In election years, people get nervous and gun purchases go up." It was related to concerns about possible changes in regulations on guns and ammunition, but she said at their store, they have definitely seen sales go up. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1m18XhFDj0KM8wjquXdz0DJl1g_uQaPxp "Normally we sell a lot of hunting rifles," she said, along with guns for trap shooting for high school kids, but sales of hand guns for self protection are also up. Melanie and her husband Vernon own the store, and they’ve had the shop since they got their Federal Firearms License in 2017. She said they had been interested in guns for a long time. "I’ve always interested in target shooting," she said, "and Vernon used to be a hunter, but he’s also been an instructor for about 20 years." Vernon teaches an NRA concealed carry class for those who want to get a concealed carry permit. "It’s important for him to make sure people know what they are doing, and what they are buying," when they buy a gun, Melanie said. Interest in getting concealed carry permits has been growing over the years, "I think it has been […]

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