Gun shop sales increase during coronavirus pandemic

KINGSTON, Okla. (KXII) - There's been a spike in gun sales across the nation.

Shop owners in Texoma said they have definitely seen an increase in sales and foot traffic, within the past two weeks.

They said they're worried about running out of stock, and not being able to order more.

"This is probably one of the craziest things I've ever seen in this industry, with that's going on now with this coronavirus." Shane McClain said.

Shane McClain and his wife own the 'Best Guns of Texoma,' gun shop.

It's an industry McClain says he's been a part of for over 30 years.

He said in all his years, he's never seen anything like it.

"In the past two weeks, I've sold more ammo in two weeks than I have in the last three months." McClain said.

Business is booming, so it seems for many gun shops across the country, let alone in Texoma.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, sales have skyrocketed by 17 percent this month, compared to March of last year.

"Good for business yes, but on the other hand it's not because we can't order anything to get anything in." McClain said.

McClain said the national supply of ammunition is running out, and retailers and manufactures are not able to meet the high demands.

McClain said if this coronavirus pandemic lasts just another 3 to 4 weeks, he could be out of business.

"My business is going to suffer, and possibly have to close down if this lasts." said McClain.

McClain said the run on ammunition is senseless.

"There's no need for someone to buy up twenty cases of water or toilet paper." McClain said.

He said he just thinks people are scared.

"They can't get food, so they're coming in to buy their guns and ammo so they can hunt their own, plus a lot of people are buying guns to protect themselves from looters." McClain said.

He said he's limiting the amount of ammo that one person can buy at a time.