A gun shop in Rapid City has seen an increase in sales
While some companies have seen sales decline due to the pandemic, others such as First Stop Gun & Coin have seen an increase.
“Everyone ran out of ammo. The other retailers and stuff did it a few months ago. Nine millimeters MO is particularly hot, as is 223, and people were buying shotguns and self-defense weapons,” says the owner of First Stop Gun & Coin , Mark Blote
This is usually a slow time of year for the shop, but Blote believes business has grown due to the many uncertainties of the moment.
“People just want a certain amount of comfort, security and self-density. There is so much going on in the world right now that it’s good to be able to take care of yourself when you need to,” says Blote.
And a lot of the people who walk in are new to the scene.
“People we’ve never seen before. Some of them have never owned a gun. And you know that some people come into play who want to shoot a target,” says Blote.
When more people come in to get a gun, it’s important to remember: safety is key.
“You have to be familiar with the weapon and how it works. And always work safely,” says Blote.