Canadians Flock to Local Gun Stores in Search of Guns, Ammo
By Ben Philippi
Adam Caruana and Ben Nightingale shoot their Glocks at a gun range outside Toronto, Ontario. (Photo: Igor Dertkin)
Much like the United States, Canada is reporting a surge in gun and ammunition sales as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Much of the ammunition and guns sold in Canada are sourced from the US. Shortage fears are mounting amongst Canadian hunters, sport shooters and gun enthusiasts driving them into local gun shops and stores to stock up.
While the Canadian government has reassured its citizens that essential supplies such as food and fuel should not be affected by the virus, guns and ammo do not fall into this category. As it stands, Canadian gun retailers routinely wait up to six months to receive new shipments from the US or Europe.
“In no product in our supply chain does it take longer to replenish than in firearms and ammunition,” Wes Winkel, head of the Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association, told the Candian Press. Winkel explained that the complicated supply chain is the result of regulations and paperwork in the Canadian firearms industry.
Many first-time gun owners are also encountering the oftentimes difficult reality of buying a gun in Canada. A permit is required to purchase