Gun stores in Iowa are increasingly looking to the new crop of firearms retailers as a way to expand their sales and profits, and gun stores are seeing an influx of new clients, including law enforcement agencies.
Gun stores in the state are being forced to compete with online gun sellers, which have recently expanded their online presence.
Some gun dealers in Iowa have even started asking their customers for cash.
Gun shops in the U.S. are facing a wave of competition from online sellers that want to sell firearms and ammo to civilians, as well as those who are trying to make ends meet.
Gun-rights activists are using the trend as an opportunity to target businesses that sell firearms, even if they don’t sell firearms themselves.
They argue that such businesses are helping to fuel a surge in gun violence and illegal gun trafficking.
Kim Reynolds, a Republican, is a big proponent of gun control and has long fought to limit the number of guns allowed on Iowa roads and to limit ammunition.
Gun dealers and other gun owners in Iowa, particularly gun owners who live near schools and schools are pushing back against the NRA’s efforts to regulate gun sales.
Many gun dealers are seeing their online sales grow and have begun to ask customers for money for their products.
The demand for guns is so great that the online market is already filling up and we’re seeing the number grow, said Jeff Wiedefeld, executive director of the Iowa Gun Dealers Association.
Gun dealers have been asking customers to pay cash, which can be difficult to do when the gun is still a gift, he said.
Iowa gun dealers say their clients have already paid for items like gun cases and magazines.
Gun shops that are also selling gun cases are seeing a spike in business.
They’re seeing more and more people wanting to buy guns and ammo, Wiedelefeld said.
Many online gun retailers have recently begun asking customers for donations, even though they are legally required to keep their gun sales secret, said Gary Hensley, who operates one of the largest online gun dealers, Guns & Co.
Hensley said his online sales have grown by nearly 50 percent in the past two years, mostly due to new clients who have been more receptive to the idea.
Online sellers are often more transparent about their business practices and how they handle customer information, but Hensleys has had some issues with his online business.
He is working with an Iowa state agency to create new regulations on online gun sales that will allow people to make deposits and then request cash for their purchases.
The process is similar to what’s done at the state level, said Hensys office manager Mark Buhman.
Hansleys business has been able to do that because he’s been able get the state to require that he keep the information private, he added.
Gun retailers are worried about losing their livelihoods as online sellers.
Some have lost customers to online gun sites.
The online gun seller site Guns &Co. had a total of 13,924 transactions with gun sellers in the first six months of 2018, and it has seen that number grow to nearly 40,000 transactions in the current year, according to data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Gun store owners are also worried about being caught by the NRA.
The gun industry is also battling a backlash from some who have threatened to sue online gun shops if they refuse to do business with the NRA and the NRA-backed National Rifle Association of Iowa.
Gun owners have also received threats from online gun buyers, who claim to be paid by gun dealers who sell weapons, to boycott Gun Shoppers because they do not comply with laws that prohibit the sale of guns.
Gun sellers are also trying to get gun owners to donate their personal information, such as Social Security numbers, to help them protect their privacy.
Wiedeleff said he hopes people who shop at gun stores will understand that it’s OK to purchase guns at any time.
He said online gun stores need to be transparent with customers.
Gun stores should be trusted, and that includes those who use the internet to sell guns, he concluded.
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