4 Ways The Coronavirus Has Affected Gun Stores In Lakeland, FL
Residents in Lakeland, FL have had many aspects of their lives changed due to the Coronavirus. Shortages of meat, water, toilet paper, as well as closures of parks and schools are just a few examples of how life has been upended.
And on top of all of this, disruptions from the Coronavirus have spilled into the firearms industry.
Gun stores throughout Lakeland and even across the entire country have been experiencing challenges that gun owners and prospective gun owners alike have been forced to cope with.
What are those challenges? Here are the four that have become the most common.
1 - Ammo Shortages
Ever since the Coronavirus was announced as a pandemic, ammunition has been flying off the shelves.
Looking for 9mm ammo? Good luck! Trying to get a hold of .223 or 5.56 rounds? Keep trying! In need of shotgun home defense rounds? Maybe you will get lucky! And if you’re scouring all over Polk County for Chinese or Russian made 7.62 x 39 rounds, don’t even bother!
When it comes to imported ammunition like Fiocchi, TulAmmo, and others, ammunition companies have stopped all shipments due to bands set in place to halt the progress of the Coronavirus. That leaves only American made rounds as being what’s available to gun owners.
The thing is, American ammunition producers have become hopelessly backlogged from both the huge and sudden spike in demand, and the simple fact that there are fewer workers manning the ammo production lines because of “stay at home” orders and the like.
Rapture Guns & Knives has a program in place to alert customers when ammo deliveries have been made and what specific calibers are available. Text RAPTURE to 484848.
2 - Gun Magazine Shortages
Many gun owners in Lakeland may be thinking that perhaps it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get a few backup mags while they are still obtainable.
Well, magazines are still obtainable. However, shortages have begun to appear for a number of popular brands, with Magpul AR15 mags becoming among the hardest to find. The reasons for the shortage of firearm mags are the same as for the shortage of ammunition.
3 - Longer Waits on Firearms
Since the start of the Coronavirus Pandemic, there has been a run on firearms in gun stores across the country. Even states that are liberal, such as New York and California, have seen a sharp uptick in firearm sales.
Similarly to the situation with ammunition, it has become next to impossible to obtain foreign-made guns. American gun manufacturers are still shipping their products, but the sudden spike in demand and slowdown of production has created a scarcity.
Anyone looking to purchase a shotgun suitable for home defense, certain popular pistol brands, or sporting rifles like the AR15 will be met with a longer time than usual between when their firearm is shipped from its distributor and when they can gain possession of it.
4 - Longer Waits for Background Checks
Because so many people are trying to purchase guns at the same time, it is taking longer for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to process background checks.
Background checks are run through the FBI database known as the NICS or National Instant Criminal Background Check System by the FDLE.
With the background check system being so heavily burdened, customers at gun shops have experienced waits as long as 5 hours. Before the pandemic, most background checks could be completed within 10 minutes.
Rapture Guns & Knives provides a way to get your gun supplies as soon as possible.
The staff at our gun shop would like to make sure that the firearms community of Lakeland, FL is able to get the supplies it needs in as timely a fashion as possible during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Text RAPTURE at 484848 to become the first to know when ammo becomes available, or find out about specials and sales.
You can also call us at (863) 858-1218 to speak to a member of our staff directly.