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Bakersfield Gun Store closing despite rise in gun sales across the country

Posted at 5:44 AM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 12:49:14-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif — Gun sales are booming across the nation right now, but one local gun shop announced they're closing their doors for good.

"Get A Gun" has been a long standing business in Bakersfield, but after 15 years they are closing their doors. They say they typically sell thousands of firearms and ammunition annually. Since the pandemic began the shop says they've had a huge demand but had a difficult time completing orders due to lack of supplies from manufacturers.

"With Remington Shut down and Mossberg being shut down that has cut their rate of production to nothing and we can't get product because the restrictions placed on them by their state governments," said Fire arm salesman, Utah Allen.

The store says that they have seen a large increase of first time buyers since the pandemic began back in March and that they have seen an almost 500 to 600 increase in ammunition and firearms sales.

Get A Gun says they saw a similar increase back in 2016 during the election year but not like this. Despite the need their last day will be December 20th.

The shop says the Biden Administration's plan regarding gun related policies has also played a role. On the president-elect's website there is a plan to end the gun violence pandemic. Including holding gun manufactures accountable where they would be held civilly liable for their products. The plan also mentions to "Ban manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines."

"The potential new president's gun policy, a lot of the rifles we sell for shooting and sporting are ar15 and ak47. He wants to ban those so we can't sell those and magazines," said Allen.

The shop says despite the decision they are grateful to the outpouring support and loyalty to their new and longtime customers.