Gun sales have exploded in the United States in the last two weeks as the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis has worsened. People are stocking up on weapons and ammunition, fearing that the pandemic may lead to social unrest. Even in Europe, which has tighter weapons regulations, arms sales are on the rise as well.

Since California, New York and 14 other US states issued “Shelter-in-place” orders, instructing people to stay in their homes to limit the spread of the coronavirus, gun sales all over the US have shot up.

“We have had about an 800 per cent increase in sales,” said David Stone, owner of a gun store in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “I’m getting close to running out.”

Fear driving sales

Stone told the French news agency AFP that the majority of the customers rushing to stock up on firearms and ammunition are first-time buyers grabbing anything available.

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