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Nation’s climates pushes gun sales up, Northland shops reaping benefits

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CLOQUET, MN -- Americans are still stocking up on guns.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the FBI processed 7.8 million background checks for gun purchases nationwide between March and June.

In June 2020, the Wall Street Journal reports Minnesota processed twice as many background checks as it did in June 2019.

Sales of firearms first climbed at the start of the pandemic, but business owners are still reaping the benefits into July.

"Every day new people walk through the door, it's great," said Owner of Dead on Arms, a gun shop and shooting range in Cloquet, Chad Walsh.

Walsh said Wednesday his fire-arm sales and permit to carry classes are hitting an all-time high.

"Firearms sales are up. They're up about 300% from last year. [Permit to carry class sales] is up about 225% from last year," said Walsh.

Walsh says he's having a difficult time keeping up with demand.

"We make our own AR's here, and we are having problems getting parts from the actual manufacturers because the demand is so high," said Walsh.

He credits the uptick to the nation's current climate.

"People, they're nervous. Normally we find an uptick in March, April, May in gun sales, but this year was unusual due to all the civil unrest and everything that is going on with the pandemic," added Walsh.

Having a background in law enforcement, Walsh said people could also just be using their 2nd Amendment right.

"Yes, law enforcement will get there when they can but it's your ultimate responsibility to protect you and your family."

Dead on Arms isn't alone, Superior Shooters Supply said their gun sales have doubled since last year.

Lyanne Valdez

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