Hollywood Types, Other Liberals Flood Gun Stores for Fear of COVID-19

Actor Joel Kinnaman and his girlfriend were reportedly among the Hollywood types purchasing firearms. (Photo: Kelly Gale Instagram)

The gun-buying frenzy spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic includes not only first-time gun buyers but also Hollywood types and A-list celebrities, according to a report published in Los Angeles Magazine.

Taran Butler, owner of the now-famous Taran Tactical Innovations just outside of L.A., told the publication that he’s seen an uptick in his rich-and-famous clientele.

“A lot of liberal people that before were like, ‘Nah, I don’t need a gun’ are over here buying guns hand over fist,” Butler said. “I sell them guns with a laser flashlight on it, so that way it’s intimidating.”

The magazine reports that Joel Kinnaman, best known for his roles in Suicide Squad and Altered Carbon, visited Butler’s shop with his Victoria’s Secret model girlfriend Kelly Gale to purchase a handgun to defend themselves in case of civil unrest.

YouTube star Logan Paul also made an appearance last week, according to a review of Taran Tactical’s Instagram page, and Josh Duhamel was there two weeks ago.

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Butler made a name for himself training actors in firearms manipulation, and his client list has included Keanu Reeves, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Halle Berry, and Michael B. Jordan.

Celebrities aren’t the only group looking to the Second Amendment to survive the coming apocalypse. Reports from around the country indicate that at least some percentage of first-time gun owners had previously supported draconian gun control laws. Now that these individuals are learning about the gun purchasing process first-hand, their opinions are changing.

An article published in the conservative media outlet RedState included an interview from a gun shop owner in California whose new clientele can’t believe how difficult it is to buy a gun.

“More than a dozen of these buyers (men and women) actually thought that since they filled out and signed everything, they could just walk out and go home with the firearm. Several actually said they saw how easy it was to buy a gun on TV and why did they have to fill out all these forms,” said Gregg Bouslog, owner of On-Target Indoor Shooting Range in Laguna Niguel, CA.

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“We pointed out that since no one working here voted for these laws, then maybe they might know someone who did. And, maybe they should go back and talk to those people and tell them to re-think their position on firearms – we were trying to be nice,” Bouslog continued.

“Most were VERY vocal about why it takes 10 days minimum (sometimes longer if the DOJ is backed up) to take their property home with them. They ask why do I need to wait 10 days if I need the protection today or tomorrow? We pointed out again that no one working here voted in support of that law.

“They really went crazy when we told them that for each firearm they had to do the same amount of paperwork and they could only purchase ONE handgun every 30 days. Again, we didn’t [vote] for that law.”

The FBI conducted over 3.7 million background checks for gun purchases in March, shattering the previous record and exceeding the number of checks purchased after Barack Obama won a second term in the White House. The number of checks dropped to 2.9 million last month, though that’s still one of the highest months on record.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Ronnie D. Stidham May 13, 2020, 10:35 am

    Leftist Louie, will take those guns away (Buy Back) when, and if we see those shallow people vote for the gun grabbing fools. Don’t start bitchin for being a Dumbass, look up, take notice of what they’re feeding the public!

  • Et May 11, 2020, 6:18 pm

    Funny how a crisis reveals the cowards and how easily they change their minds. As some have commented, wait until the economy opens. That will be the real test. The reality will finally set in about unemployment and, for many, hunger. No money, no honey! Depending on how bad things get, many of us will have to be more cautious than ever before. Anything is possible so that’s why smart people prepare for the worst. Who knows, we may even see some situation like the L.A. Riots. Guns will be the main denominator in many instances, and there will probably be more “rooftop Koreans”.

  • Leighton Cavendish May 11, 2020, 5:58 am

    Maybe a couple of questions on the 4473 should be:

    What political party are you registered to?

    Do you support the Constitution and the 2nd Amendment?

    Is this your first firearms purchase?

  • Nukem' May 9, 2020, 10:25 am

    Welcome to the real world of “deplorable” Wal Mart shoppers, Bible carring, peace loving, gun toting (labeled) US flag raising Americans. Bet there are more of us than there are of them in a crisis. BTW, watch out for Hillary’s next move with crazy legs (and hands) Joe Biden, to try to get to the WH again and be our POTUS. Keep buying now. Invest in underground safes. Bye now!

  • gunner May 8, 2020, 7:47 pm

    liberals ain`t buying guns because of the virus. Get your ears on the ground,tap the grapevine,just pay attention. Liberals are buying guns because of the upcoming election. (says them). I am not making it up. So snarky comments can be wasted on me. I know what they`re saying. It goes back a long way.When Obama was 1st elected,the liberal`s question was “when does the killing start ? ” They are anxious to get started. Now y`all do as you wish,think what you wish, but these folks don`t like hunting,gun owners,conservatives,Trump supporters, etc..

  • Paul Collins May 8, 2020, 5:15 pm

    Guns in Chicago do not come from Indiana! They are mostly illegal guns in Chicago.

  • Michael J May 8, 2020, 5:03 pm

    Ah, Hollywood’s hypocrisy against their biggest costars (guns).

  • SuperG May 8, 2020, 9:33 am

    It’s good to see some put down their Kool-Aid and realize that a golf club will not stop 4 armed attackers. Next, I’d advise them to stop driving expensive cars. Criminals look for people who flaunt their wealth.

  • James May 8, 2020, 8:27 am

    But ….>> “…it is easier for a 12- or 13-year-old to purchase a gun, and cheaper, than it is for them to get a book.” – Barack Obama ( said so )…… Derp! Uhh , no , it’s not dumba$$…..

    • SD May 8, 2020, 9:04 am

      They must be charging too much for books

    • Big Al 45 May 8, 2020, 9:47 am

      As it should be, books hurt man!!!! 🙂
      That was Tongue-in-cheek, for any of you offended by that.
      I remember that statement James, and I thought, “He’s either a moron, unfit for the Office, or a liar, unfit for the Office
      BTW, I once saw a girl defend herself with a book, back in H.S. She walloped the snot out of a C.B. on the football team when he got foolishly ‘handsy’.
      I never laughed so hard in my life, he was floored.

    • Juan Lago May 11, 2020, 6:25 pm

      Books like Das Capital, Mein Kampf, Mao’s Little Red Book and the Koran killed more than 100 million people in the 20th Century and are still killing people today.

      • The Observer May 13, 2020, 6:53 am

        Have you actually read “Mein Kampf? I have. It is nothing like you try to ascribe to it.

  • Mike in a Truck May 8, 2020, 4:20 am

    Gee, who ever thought that stupid people voting for stupid politicians would give us stupid laws. It’s almost as if….theres a connection.

    • sfvshooter May 8, 2020, 3:01 pm

      You’re talking about Trump and his supporters, right?

      • Hondo May 9, 2020, 5:40 pm

        Sadly he’s talking about stupid leftist assholes such as yourself.

        Take your TDS and go suck start a shotgun , idiot.

      • D.J. May 11, 2020, 2:43 pm

        ” I don’t understand your brand of stupid , but I admire
        your dedication to it . “

  • Bobs your uncle May 7, 2020, 10:49 am

    Yep. makes sense to me, in a societal break down you might want something more than a dumbass attitude and your Johnson in your hand. Who exactly are they afraid of? the several million illegals, or the homeless they worshiped a few weeks ago? It would appear that some of these persons are finally willing to take responsibility for themselves, what could go wrong?

    • jack May 8, 2020, 6:38 am


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