Skip to Content

Lines out the door at gun shop

Remaining Ad Time Ad - 00:00

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) -- Is it panic or prudence?

At least one gun store in Fort Wayne has lines out the door, but that is by design.

"We're never open Sundays and Mondays and we were open both just to try and fill orders of people that were waiting," says Phil Jones of ZX Gun.

There's a line out the door at ZX Gun on Coliseum Boulevard.

It's an election year, so any time gun policy might change people tend to buy firearms and ammunition.

Demand is reportedly through the roof, including first time gun buyers who are scared in these uncertain times.

However, because of the coronavirus circulating in the community, in order to keep proper social distancing for customers and employees, a week ago, ZX Gun began limiting how many people could be in the store at a time.

"I came to buy a gun but I guess everybody else is here because of the panic of the virus. And I guess they say they need it, but I don't see why a gun would help you with a panic," customer Deshon Woods says.

Demand is reportedly through the roof, including first time gun buyers who are scared in these uncertain times.

In fact, Jones says he's had to bring in extra staff to keep up with demand.

"If everybody gets shut at home and gets stuck at home, you and me may have our toilet paper and food, but the people who didn't prepare may come knocking. And people are worried. So we've had a lot of first-time gun owners saying hey, I'm going to be stuck at home with my kids and I just want a gun to protect the house," he says.

That's something regular customer Andy Whitacre understands, but says he doesn't think people need to panic like they have.

"They're bulk buying, they're over purchasing. I mean, stores aren't closing, so my thing is get what you need and make sure that there's enough for others," he says.

Gun stores are considered essential businesses right now, so they will be open and continue to get shipments.

In order to maintain inventory, ZX Gun is limiting how much ammunition each customer can purchase so there's enough for everyone.

The store also closes for an hour every afternoon so that staff can disinfect every item in the store.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

Skip to content