Gun shops across Florida have seen a surge in sales as a result of the Corona virus, particularly among first time gun owners.
One Miami store owner has seen sales almost double: “Our sales are up 80 percent, with a huge increase in first-time buyers who are worried about martial law, economic collapse, unemployment, shortages, delinquents roaming the streets,” said Alex Elenberg, manager of Charlie’s Armory, “If you can’t defend your house and your family, what good are you?”
Sales have even surpassed the reaction to 9/11 and category 5 hurricanes.
This trend has also been seen in Lee County. As such, Cape Coral Police Department have issued guidance for both first-time gun buyers and some reminders for experienced purchasers.
Cape Coral Police stated that, ”With the increase in gun sales, people who have never handled a firearm will be buying handguns. Some owners have seen handguns used by friends or in movies. Without training, Learning and understanding the safety rules and guidelines is crucial for new gun owners.
If you bought a firearm and are unfamiliar with its use, please have an instructor at a gun range or an experienced shooter show you how your firearm works and familiarize yourself with your firearm. Learn how it works, the ammunition required, how to load it and how to clean it safely.”
THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF FIREARM SAFETY by Cape Coral Police Department
1. Watch the muzzle! Keep it pointed in a safe direction at all times.
2. Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
3. Be sure of the target and what is in front of it and beyond it.
4. Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot. This is the best way to prevent an accidental discharge.
5. Check your barrel and ammunition. Make sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions, and carry only the proper ammunition for your firearm.
6. Unload firearms when not in use. Leave actions open, and carry firearms in cases and unloaded to and from your shooting location.
7. Point a firearm only at something you intend to shoot. Avoid all horseplay with a gun.
8. Always wear eye protection and hearing protection.
9. Store firearms and ammunition separately and safely. Store in secure locations beyond the reach of children and careless adults.
10. Avoid alcoholic beverages before and during shooting. Also avoid mind- or behavior-altering medicines or drugs.