Ammo.com, a nationwide ammunition retailer that ships ammo to gun owners in almost all 50 states, has announced that it’s experienced an “unprecedented” increase in ammunition purchases because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“[O]n March 6, 2020, we first noticed a 54% sales increase on February 23, as the search term ‘coronavirus’ started to gain traction, according to Google Trends,” the firearms retailer has revealed.
“On March 10, 2020 – the day confirmed cases in the US reached over 1,000, increasing ten-fold in a week – we noticed an unprecedented 276% sales surge that continued through the end of last week and the weekend, as the virus was declared a pandemic, travel bans were implemented, and the stock market experienced its biggest crash since 1987.”
These statistics apply to the entire U.S., except for those localities where draconian gun control laws make it unconducive to distribute weapons. These localities include Alaska, Hawaii, Massachusetts, California, New York City and Chicago.
The states where the highest increase in ammunition purchases have occurred include Louisiana (1,058 percent increase), Oklahoma (1,166 percent increase) and Mississippi (1,049 percent increase).
The folks at @ammodotcom give some perspective on the huge ammunition sales increases happening across the country.
— The Truth About Guns (@guntruth) March 17, 2020
By no means is Ammo.com alone in seeing such surges.
“Gun dealers around the country said they are seeing record numbers of customers in recent days. Online stores are having trouble keeping up,” CBS News reported Tuesday.
Kurt Green, the manager of a Pennsylvania gun store, told the outlet that his store earned $30,000 in sales on Monday alone.
“It was easily the busiest day we’ve ever had,” he said.
Why the surge? The reasons are myriad, though they all center around the coronavirus pandemic.
Asian Americans are reportedly flocking to gun stores out of the fear they may experience harassment and perhaps even violence because of coronavirus-linked xenophobia.
Meanwhile, other Americans are reportedly flocking to gun stores out of a fear that martial law may be instituted.
“If martial law was declared, they want to be prepared to protect their homes. With this coronavirus, there is a fear of the unknown,” Georgia gun store owner Eric Wallace said to CBS.
“Wallace said Adventure Outdoors sold 500 guns on Monday. The biggest sellers were shotguns, AR-15 semi-automatic rifles and 9mm handguns. The store also recently sold out of freeze-dried food, while five-gallon water jugs are also selling quickly. Overall, sales are up about 400% so far this year,” the outlet noted.
The martial law concerns are spreading in part because of fake news spread by CNN that a national curfew was in the process of being drafted:
New: There are active discussions within the Trump administration to encourage a possible “curfew” across the nation in which non-essential businesses would have to close by a certain time each night. – @CNN reporting
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) March 16, 2020
This is not correct. https://t.co/Wh458d8TAK
— Katie Miller (@VPPressSec) March 16, 2020
This is not true! https://t.co/xhdtRUsOa9
— Judd Deere (@JuddPDeere45) March 16, 2020
A senior official on rumors of a nationwide quarantine: “There is an ongoing effort to spread disinformation and cause undue panic. There’s no national quarantine for the United States. It’s important we remain vigilant in ensuring our information is coming from verified sources”
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) March 16, 2020
❌Rumors of a national lockdown or national quarantine recently shared via text message are FAKE.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 16, 2020
Predictably, CNN has neither retracted its false reporting nor apologized.
Others still are purchasing weapons out of a concern that society may break down like one would see in a dystopian zombie apocalypse film.
“Mr. Hill, a 29-year-old kitchen manager in Charlotte, N.C., said he feared that the virus could lead to a breakdown of public order, with looting and robberies and ‘everything shutting down, like in a zombie movie’ where society ‘just won’t have any sense of lawfulness anymore,’” The New York Times reported Monday.
“People have a little lack of confidence that if something big and bad happens, that 911 might not work. We saw it with Katrina,” North Carolina gun store owner Larry Hyatt added. “People haven’t forgotten that a disaster happened, and the government didn’t come.”
It doesn’t help that some left-wing localities are responding to the coronavirus pandemic by halting arrests. Take Philadelphia.
“Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw has instructed the department to immediately halt arrests for a slew of low-level criminal offenses — including all narcotics activity,” local station WHYY confirmed Tuesday.
“An internal memo obtained by Billy Penn and WHYY states that crimes including theft, burglary, prostitution, stolen automobiles, vandalism, and certain economic crimes will no longer automatically result in detention. Police will also temporarily stop enforcing bench warrants to individuals who fail to show up for court.”
Due to the coronavirus crisis, Philadelphia police will no longer be making arrests for all narcotics offenses, theft from persons, retail theft, theft from auto, burglary, vandalism, bench warrants, stolen autos, economic crimes such as passing bad checks, fraud, & prostitution. pic.twitter.com/R2OZSPMKHO
— Rob O’Donnell (@odonnell_r) March 17, 2020
Ammo.com has for its part seen ammunition sales from Pennsylvania rise by 375 percent. With the latest ruling from Philadelphia’s left-wing authorities, however, sales are likely to spike by 10 or 100 fold, guaranteed.