COVID-19 outbreak sparks ‘explosion’ in sales for Canadian gun stores

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Along with a rush on toilet paper, the coronavirus pandemic is also fuelling firearms and ammunition sales, says Wes Winkel, president of the Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association which represents manufacturers, distributors and retailers. “We’re seeing an explosion of ammunition and gun sales over the weekend and even more so today,” Winkel said Monday, adding that this is a typical reaction in “these kind of uncertain times.” Winkel owns and operates Elwood Epps Sporting Goods, a hunting and fishing store north of Orillia. His outlet, like many others that sell guns in Ontario, has shut the doors amid the COVID-19 pandemic and is offering only online and phone-in orders, Winkel said.