It was a familiar story on a hot September day in the small town of New London, Connecticut.
The gun shop owner, Sam, who has worked at the store for nine years, had a surprise in store for his customers.
For a month now, the NRA has been buying guns from his store.
The purchase spree started in late May, with the purchase of more than 1,500 firearms.
The NRA also purchased nearly 700 shotguns and more than 100 rifles.
The NRA has spent more than $1 million on ammunition purchases, a gun shop manager said, adding that the money has come from private donations.
“They’ve spent a lot of money on the gun shops.
They’ve spent money on their training,” the manager said.
“We’re in the middle of a new year, and it’s kind of an unusual year.
They’re in a period of transition.”
The New London gun shop, a longtime family business, was in need of a boost, and the NRA offered to help.
“We’re here to help,” Sam said.
“I’ve got about 200 to 300 firearms on me.
And they’re all going to go to the NRA,” he added.
The sale came as the gun shop is trying to cope with an influx of gun purchases by other gun retailers and online retailers, as well as the increasing number of people buying guns at gun shows.
“It’s a lot harder to do a good job of stocking guns in a shop when people come in from out of town,” said Dan Cottle, who owns Guns and Ammo and has worked as a gun dealer for 20 years.
“A lot of these people are coming in from places like Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, and Florida, and they want to buy guns,” he said.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation has seen a spike in gun sales over the past year.
The group reported that the number of gun sales has more than doubled since the end of 2015.
“People are looking for something different.
They are not looking for a specific firearm.
They want a good quality firearm,” said Michael Brown, the group’s director of government affairs.
“And the NRA understands that.
So it’s just one of the reasons we’ve been able to see so much growth in the gun market.”
The NRA’s buying spree has come amid a nationwide gun debate that has left gun owners in a state of shock and anxiety.
“These are not normal times,” said Rep. Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
“I can’t fathom how the NRA would ever spend that kind of money.
It’s just outrageous.”
The National Rifle Association and its supporters are not only buying guns but buying them at gun show booths.
“The National Guard is not going to do anything to protect you,” said Bill Thompson, a retired Army officer who was a former special forces soldier who is now a firearms instructor.
“The gun industry is not a place you should be hanging out in.
The only place you’re going to get the best protection from crime and injury is in a gun show.”
Thompson, who also owns a gun store, said he has had to take the gun away from people who didn’t have permits and put it in the trunk of his car.
“My job is to protect people, and I’m not going anywhere,” Thompson said.
Gun stores are not the only businesses to be affected.
Many gun shops have had to shut down as gun sales are driven up by online shopping and the new law.
In March, the National Rifle Assn.
called on Congress to pass the Protecting Gun Rights Act, which would bar the federal government from providing assistance to states or cities that have banned the sale of assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, high capacity ammunition magazines, and high-velocity ammunition.
The legislation, which was signed by President Donald Trump in May, was meant to address the issue of gun violence and the federal gun ban.