You may have noticed if you’ve come into our brick and mortar store since March that our shelves are looking a bit bare. While our online store has still had a wide inventory, our store off of I-75 has been an in-person example of what is being experienced around the country over the past few months, since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Firearm retailers, like Shooters Depot, have been experiencing record sales during COVID-19.
According to the FBI, over 3.5 MILLION background checks took place in March. While this statistic isn’t directly correlated with gun sales, it does tell us that more guns were sold in March than ever before going back to 1998, when the background check system was put in place.
According to USA Today, gun sales revenue in the United States is up 309%. However, the other statistic worth noting is that crime rates have also gone down. Since the beginning of the pandemic in March, arrests have gone down 47% across the country, when compared to the previous month. We are grateful that the crime rates have not gone up alongside the increased firearms sales rates. While we have appreciated the influx of business, from new and returning customers, we want to remind all gun owners of the importance of gun safety and firearm storage. It is vital to store your gun locked up, with ammunition stored and locked separately.
We appreciate your patience with us as our inventory has not been as full as normal. We have been working hard to track down specific firearms and ammunition as customers have reached out with requests, and our online store has been seeing record traffic. Thank you for your continued support during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we look forward to seeing you at the range!