Crime-weary business owners in Washington state are reportedly arming themselves to protect their stores against robberies and different offenses – arsenic wide weapon permits surged 7% successful conscionable 1 year.
"There are shop owners and shop clerks who want that further protection," Tom Matos, proprietor of Securité Gun Club successful Woodinville, told King 5.
Matos said that he saw an summation successful business owners visiting his shooting scope and weapon shop backmost successful 2020, successful nan aftermath of wide protests and unrest aft nan sidesplitting of George Floyd. Woodinville is located astir 20 miles extracurricular of Seattle, which was a nationalist focal constituent of 2020’s convulsive summer.
"Once nan pandemic started and erstwhile nan riots started successful Seattle, we did announcement an summation successful shop owners coming successful and purchasing firearms astatine that time," Matos said.
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Handguns for waste astatine weapon shop. (Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images / Getty Images)
The inclination has slowed down successful nan years following, but he believes those shop owners still person their firearms to take sides their businesses.
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On Monday, nan co-owner of a fume shop successful Seattle’s Ballard vicinity was progressive successful a shoot-out pinch a would-be robber. The suspected criminal was changeable dead, while nan co-owner is successful nan infirmary recovering from a gunshot wound, according to King 5.
The King Smoke Shop successful Seattle, wherever a shootout took spot betwixt nan co-owner and a would-be robber. (Google Maps )
Data from nan Seattle Police Department show robberies somewhat ticked up successful 2022. There were 1,755 robberies successful nan metropolis successful 2021, compared to 1,760 successful 2022.
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The entranceway for Securité Gun Club successful Woodinville, Washington. (Google Maps )
Data from nan Washington State Department of Licensing, according to King 5, recovered that location were 643,317 progressive concealed pistol licenses successful 2021. As of September 2022, location were 688,440 specified licenses.
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King 5 reported that different weapon stores successful nan area reported that, overall, nan gun proprietor demographic is shifting. One business, which did not disclose its name, reported it has seen much members of nan Asian American and LGBTQ communities purchasing guns complete fears of being targeted.