First a pandemic, then civil unrest: Gun sales spike again

“We started out this week with a fair amount of merchandise. We’re running out. Literally running out,” Chernoff said. “Never thought I’d say that.”

And it’s the same story at Jimmy’s Sport Shop in Mineola. Jay Zeng said the store opens at noon and they work until midnight.

“Now I see a lot of minorities buying guns to try to protect their homes,” co-owner Jimmy Gong said.

The surge is not limited to Long Island. Nationwide, an estimated 1.7 million guns were sold in May, an 80% jump compared to the same time last year, according to Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting, a private research firm.