COVID-19 pandemic leads to surge in gun salesSubmitted: 03/29/2020
Andrew Goldstein
Andrew Goldstein
Sports Anchor/Reporter

COVID-19 pandemic leads to surge in gun sales
RHINELANDER - Running out of guns and ammo is usually the last problem that the Hodag Gun and Loan would ever have.

"A lot of times, these are fear, impulse purchases," store manager Chris Turk said.

That all changed when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, sending droves of customers into the store to buy firearms.

"We're in an unprecedented time here with this," Turk said. "It gives them a sense of protection even though I don't foresee anything happen where they will need this type of protection."

Chris Turk has spent roughly 17 years as Hodag Gun and Loan's manager.

He says that whenever there's uncertainty in the world, gun sales go up.

"Anytime there's any talk of new firearms legislation or anything like that, even a presidential switch can spur gun buying," Turk said.

Turk has tried to limit the number of customers that come to the gun and loan, only allowing a new shopper in whenever sales staff is available to assist them.

It hasn't stopped people from coming.

"A lot of people end up thinking that they're not gonna maybe be able to get food and essential supplies so they're afraid that people are going to come take theirs or something and that's why they need a gun," Turk said. "I myself believe there's no danger of that."

Although shoppers may not need multiple firearms, there are a few other, more heavily used items in short supply.
"I'm about wiped out of televisions and game systems," Turk said. "People know they're going to be holed up and they just want something to do."

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