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Gun sales continue to soar in Las Vegas, across the country during pandemic

KSNV – Las Vegas logo KSNV – Las Vegas 7/27/2020 Lauren Clark
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"It's crazy how it is," said gun store owner Jared Templin. "Every store is crazy." 

Templin says in a short few days, the entire stock that he's bought will be gone. 

“They'll just touch the shelf," he said.

Eager customers, longing to get their hands on whatever they can. 

"Last time I had Glocks, they lasted maybe two hours," he said, adding he has a waiting list for them of at least 40 different people. 

Industry experts say the spike in demand began in March with the onset of the pandemic. 

That's when we spoke with Spartan Arms store manager Brandon Burns. 

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"We sold probably 500 handguns alone just for the month of March," he said back then.

Fast-forward four months later, and the owner of 2nd Amendment Shop, Khalif Gordon, says the momentum hasn't slowed down. 

"As soon as we get stuff in, it goes right back out the door," Gordon said.

The research group Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting estimates over 2.3 million guns were sold in June. That's a year-to-year increase of 145% from June 2019. 

They suggest several factors could be at play: an election year, canceled gun shows, and a pandemic. 

Many factories were also forced to close during the COVID-19 shutdown, and manufacturers are still struggling to keep up. 

"We just don’t have the supply," said Templin. 

That leaves gun store owners like Templin to scavenge for any stock he can find from suppliers. And despite selling out often, that can mean small margins. 

"Right now, I'm dumping everything just to try to get something," he said. 

But Templin and other gun store owners have hope the frenzy will soon calm down, leaving them to help more of their loyal customers. 

"Fortunately, it's going to blow over," he said. "Just like it did last election, and other major events in the past that have spurred major gun changes."

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