LI residents face long lines for guns, ammo in response to civil unrest
Unrest across New York and America has left some feeling concerned for their safety, and prompting dozens to line up outside a Long Island gun shop Tuesday.
Fruma Tannenbaum stood in the long line outside LI Outdoorsman in Rockville Centre. Her wait for a weapon was triggered by fears of demonstrations across the country.
"I would like to protect my property in case anybody comes on and wants to loot, steal, do anything to me," says Tannenbaum. "I want to be prepared and I want to be able to protect myself and my family."
The fears come in response to a week of protests against the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, in which some have turned to fires, looting and clashes with police.
It was a similar scene at Coliseum Gun Traders in Uniondale, where the owner says dozens of people are waiting to buy weapons and ammo.
"It's the first time I've seen people really scared," says Andrew Chernoff. "They're saying that they definitely want something to be able to defend themselves and they're scared there's going to be civil unrest. That they're going to need to defend themselves from."
Gun sales were already skyrocketing in March, driven by fears of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seaford's Hassan Fawzai says he's about to become a first-time gun owner to protect his deli and smoke shop from looters.
"If something happens to my business, I have a kid. I have to support my kid. So for self-defense," says Fawazi.