Gun Sales Skyrocket Amid Outbreak

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JAMESTOWN – Americans are stocking up amid the Coronavirus pandemic

Sellers across the United States are reporting major spikes in firearm and bullet sales in the wake of the outbreak.

Images of long lines outside gun stores in California, Oklahoma and elsewhere have gone viral across social media.

The ammunition website said it saw a 222-percent increase in transactions over a three-week period.

The FBI’s national instant criminal background check system saw a 73 percent rise in background checks in February, when compared to February 2019.

A background check is required for anyone buying a gun from a licensed gun seller in the United States.


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