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.
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.
“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.