Government officials say firearms, ammunition can be sold in a walk-up, drive-up setting

Posted at 6:46 PM, Apr 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-11 19:47:05-04

As you may know, gun stores are considered essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As businesses add drive thru options, many people have questioned whether firearms can legally be sold in a walk-up or drive-up setting.

25 News has answers.

It is no secret the firearm business is booming.

"There's an ammo shortage around for 9mm and different calibers and I was just trying to find some and luckily Mr. Wade had some for me," said Nocked & Loaded customer Trampus Morrison.

Nocked & Loaded owner, Johnny Wade, said he has gone to great lengths to make his customers feel comfortable amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"You know, spray it down, wipe it down you know," said Wade. "And just, just out of precaution, as the customers have come in though they also are very conscious of it so they are standing back."

Something customers said they are grateful for.

"Oh, that's great, that's great," said Morrison.

But how exactly are these essential businesses allowed to operate?

According to representatives from The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as long as they are following state and federal regulations, a licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer may engage in the firearms or ammunition business on any part of its business property. That includes a drive-up or walk-up setting outside of the store.

"If they said, 'I don't want to come in the store,' you know," said Wade. "Call on the phone, don't want to come in the store? I would be glad to and I already have taken stuff out you know, to only one customer but you know they, they wanted curb service and I obliged that."

Officials say temporary tables or booths can also be used outside, as long as they are on the business's property.

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