🖤 Donations of all sizes power our public service journalism Give Now
COVID-19

With COVID-19 comes a surge in gun sales

Jonathan Levinson Apr 13, 2020
HTML EMBED:
COPY
People wait in line at Northwest Armory, a gun store in Portland, Ore., on March 21, 2020, two days before the governor issued a stay-at-home order.
COVID-19

With COVID-19 comes a surge in gun sales

Jonathan Levinson Apr 13, 2020
People wait in line at Northwest Armory, a gun store in Portland, Ore., on March 21, 2020, two days before the governor issued a stay-at-home order.
HTML EMBED:
COPY

As Americans continue to figure out how to keep up with basic supplies, some are also worried about how society might react to the shortages and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To address those fears, some people are buying guns for the first time. But those who study guns and society say shelter-in-place orders and a surge in gun purchases can be a worrying combination, with implications for domestic violence and suicide.

Jonathan Levinson is a reporter with the public media reporting project Guns & America.

There’s a lot happening in the world.  Through it all, Marketplace is here for you. 

You rely on Marketplace to break down the world’s events and tell you how it affects you in a fact-based, approachable way. We rely on your financial support to keep making that possible. 

Your donation today powers the independent journalism that you rely on. For just $5/month, you can help sustain Marketplace so we can keep reporting on the things that matter to you.