In the United States, they cannot decide whether or not to open arms stores during an epidemic.
In California, long lines have accumulated before gun shops.
In some US states, authorities have closed arms stores, among other non-essential stores. In other states, these remain open. Proponents of open stores argue that these are critical because otherwise many households will not be able to provide weapons for possible defense, reports The Independent.
The attitude to firearms in the US is unique in the world. This is also reflected in the epidemic of the new coronavirus, which has so far claimed about 2,500 lives in this North American country. The shops that are still open are bursting with long lines of customers waiting to get their blower.
“Robbed” weapons shop in Arizona.
Weapon purchases in the US have skyrocketed in recent weeks. The main indicator of gun purchases is the number of checks, which have been breaking records since the beginning of the year. These were 300 percent higher than in the same period last year. Since the end of February, arms stores have been selling about twice as many rifles and shotguns a day as last year.
Such a number of checks on a customer's personal history, however, are impossible to perform in the time required by federal law. If such a check is not done within three business days, the seller can sell the firearm without restriction to a buyer who was not checked in time, The Independent reports.
During the epidemic, many rallied for their lives and hurried to buy weapons.