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Although governor Ducey has ordered non-essential businesses to close in Arizona, one industry that he considers ESSENTIAL are gun dealers.
While grocery stores have struggled to restock toilet paper and hand sanitizer, another industry has witnessed a massive influx of customers as the novel coronavirus continues to spread.
Arizona gun store owners say they're dealing with hordes of people — many of whom are first-time gun buyers — who say they want to protect themselves from the possibility of burglars seeking to steal supplies.
Shawn Ray, who is the owner of S2 Armament in Phoenix, which sells firearms out of Patriot Nation Firearms and Accessories, said the store is sold out of common pistols from manufacturers like Glock and Smith & Wesson, leaving mostly collectors' items as the only available option until the store receives a new shipment.
"It's just like toilet paper," Ray told The Arizona Republic. "It's not like there's a shortage of toilet paper. There's warehouses chock full of the stuff. But nobody was really ready for this to happen."
He expects to receive a new shipment of firearms in a week or two.