Americans have been buying firearms at a record pace since the beginning of the coronavirus national emergency. Approximately five million were sold through first five months of 2020 alone.
Now that Americans have watched days of riots and looting across the country with little or no pushback from law enforcement in many areas, they’re headed back to gun stores to tool up. And while retailers estimate the 40% of the guns sold so far — pre-rioting — were to first-time buyers, it seems a safe bet that a lot more people who have never owned a firearm before will be lining up, waiting hours sometimes, to make their first firearm purchase.
Here are just a few scenes outside gun stores around the country:
— Ed Larson (@Eddietunes_) June 2, 2020
Look at the line to get in at the gun shop on Ridge Pike at 1pm. Founding Fathers Gun Shop. pic.twitter.com/LVis3xUXQA
— Edward J. Casey (@achs_fred) June 2, 2020
Line up for a gun shop in Long Island right now. +50 people and over a 2 hour wait. pic.twitter.com/SOVAfoc3Gk
— Clarion Project (@clarionproject) June 2, 2020
— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) June 2, 2020
Another line at a gun store seen wrapping around the block… pic.twitter.com/LapALPkBtl
— Schnabel〽️ (@tylerschnabel) June 2, 2020
People are lining up outside a gun store in Carmel, NY. pic.twitter.com/6an0iXcQ5a
— deanna (@deannaalbohn) June 2, 2020
Long line now at The Bunker Gun Shop in Warminster, Bucks County. Just 5 customers being let into the gun store at a time. Today’s as busy or even more so than yesterday. New gun&ammo deliveries happening at store 14 miles north of Philly while FOX 29 News here @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/8a7nFmVoxc
— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) June 2, 2020
Current situation outside the local gun store in Summerville, SC. pic.twitter.com/8Scf9HSpSv
— Stuck on the couch Pirate (@LTC_Pirate) May 31, 2020
LONG ISLAND- my girlfriend just sent me this picture of the line out the door for a gun store in Medford. If you’re protesting be very careful and alert- it might not look like a lot but we’ve seen what people have tried in other cities- it only takes one psycho to take a life pic.twitter.com/ujQCRoiMhX
— grato (@GratsComin) May 31, 2020
The gun store is a popular destination these days 🤔 pic.twitter.com/s90cMaeVsh
— The Customer🇺🇸 (@212to843) June 1, 2020
What do the stores look like where you live?