Gun and ammunition sales are increasing in several U.S. states, especially in those that have been impacted by coronavirus more severely such as California, New York, and Washington.
Customers at a gun shop located in Culver City, California, formed a long line outside the store on Saturday and Sunday. Another gun shop owner in the middle of Southern California's Chinese American community said his store had never been so busy.
The rise in gun sales began several weeks ago in areas that include large numbers of Asian-Americans who want to protect themselves from any potential threats or backlash over coronavirus, according to reports.
Less-infected states have also seen a surge in gun and ammunition sales as some gun owners are afraid the government may restrict firearm purchases if the virus cannot be contained.
Online ammunition retailer Ammo.com has also seen a recent uptick in increased sales. The company reported that from February 23 to March 4, transactions increased by 68 percent when compared to the 11 days prior to February 23.