The owner of a Riverside, California, gun shop took to Instagram on Friday to chastise first-time purchasers for their impatience and for not previously voicing opposition to firearm sales restrictions.
In an approximately 60-second video, Norris Sweidan, owner of the Warrior One Guns and Ammo store, gives an animated and colorful soliloquy to “you first-time gun buyers,” accusing them of “irritating the f—” out of him.
“You’ve never been around before to purchase a gun before and all of sudden now you want stuff done like this,” he said.
The video shows virtually empty display shelves and cases on the walls behind Sweidan.
Gun stores in many parts of the country have reported a sharp increase in sales in the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, outbreak.
The Pennsylvania State Police said last Tuesday that the state’s Pennsylvania Instant Check System, or PICS, for identification verification of gun purchases crashed twice in one day due to demand. Both outages lasted three and a half hours or more, yet the system still processed more than three times the number of requests, 4,342, than the same day a year earlier.
Business is booming at gun shops in other parts of the company.
Californians waited in long lines at gun shops for the opportunity to buy firearms and ammunition, NPR reported on Friday.
According to NPR, a gun shop owner in Tulsa, Oklahoma said he was witnessing “a lot of panic buying.”
“Some people come in and they just want an AR-15,” said David Stone of Dong’s Guns, Ammo and Reloading. “They don’t care what the brand is. They just want the cheapest one.”
Stone says gun sales are up about 20 percent, but ammunition sales have really skyrocketed between 400 to 500 percent.
Online retailer Ammo.com reported a sales spike of 68 percent shortly after Italy recorded a major outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, last month.
“Stop asking me if you can pay more money to take your gun”
But not all of the effects of the sales spike have been positive.
Demanding customers have started to take a told on Sweidan, who told his Instagram followers that someone just can’t walk into his store and buy a gun.
“That’s not the way it works,” he said.
There are a number of regulations, such as a 10-day waiting period, and logistical requirements which must be fulfilled before a weapon can be shipped from his warehouse.
“It doesn’t take two fairy, f—ing days,” he said. “It comes within a week because everybody is behind.”
“Stop asking me if you can pay more money to take your gun. Because it doesn’t work like that.”
Sweidan guaranteed prospective gun owners that his store will deliver their weapon as promised and that Warrior One will not close.
“We are essential, and it is as simple as that,” he said.
- Norris Sweidan: Screen grab