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As an essential business,

Reno Guns & Range

will remain open during the shutdowns ordered by Governor Steve Sisolak.

The local shop is offering curb sided service for customers. People can order ammunition outside of the store and an employee rings it up inside and brings the items outside.

"We've taken steps to reduce our group classes, our group events and our rental firearms portion of what we have because that would fall under the entertainment portion of our business," Jay Hawkins, of Reno Guns & Range said.

If you're buying a gun, you'll fill out all required paperwork and then be escorted into the store one at a time. This is all to maintain social distancing and to limit contact.

"If somebody has already picked out a firearm and they were waiting on a background check and that check has come back approved, then we're doing similar to the ammo, simply making contact. We're coming in getting that item, completing the paperwork outside and that way we are reducing the contact inside the facility," Hawkins said.

The store will continue to operate normal business hours. They will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-7:00 p.m, Friday & Saturday 9 a.m.- 8:00 pm. and Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Ahead of divisive election, first-time gun buyers in Reno don't fit the mold you'd expect

A group of women peer in through a window at other students learning to shoot during a firearms class at the Reno Guns & Range.

Simone Burks never saw herself as the type to go gun shopping, but Tuesday found her browsing a glass case of handguns at Reno Guns and Range. 

"Babe, come here, look at this one," said Burks, of Sacramento, to her husband as she eyed a black, pocket-sized firearm.   

While Burks, who wore bedazzled pink and purple Crocs and perfect lashes, might not fit the gun-toting stereotype, Reno Guns and Range staff said that this year has brought a wave of new firearm owners, many of them left-leaning politically and many people of color. 

"There are a lot of angry people out there right now, and a lot of racism that's going on," said Burks, who is Black and "definitely voting Democrat."

She admitted she was nervous about shooting at the range for the first time.

While she hasn't yet purchased a gun, Burks acquired her permit to own a firearm in California. Above all, her motivation is to protect her daughters, ages 2 and 13. 

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As the election nears, with the worry of civil unrest at any result, Burks, is willing to do something uncomfortable — like buying a gun — if it means feeling more secure at home. 

"Seeing that people can not like you because of the color of your skin, it's scary," said Burks. "If Donald Trump doesn't win, it's going to be a lot of crazy in the world and everyone should protect themselves. A lot of crazy." 

Out-of-state interest

Nationwide, first-time gun owners have been driving a months-long surge in gun sales. 

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearm industry, estimated that nearly 5 million Americans purchased a firearm for the first time in the first seven months of 2020.

The highest overall sales increase comes from Black men and women, up 58.2 percent during the first six months of 2020 versus the same period last year.

The foundation surveyed firearm retailers who reported that 40 percent of sales were to first-time purchasers. Twice this year, the FBI reported the highest ever monthly processing of criminal background checks, which are up more than 70 percent this year. 

"Since March and COVID-19, people were starting to become worried about their safety because of stories — true or false — about being robbed. People were looking for security," said Jay Hawkins, training and compliance manager at Reno Guns and Range. 

Tracy Antone, of Reno, purchases her first firearm at Reno Guns and Range on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.

The uptick in gun sales continued as riots and armed protests broke out in cities across the country, including in Reno, in response to the police killing of George Floyd and the calls for police reform. The civil unrest prompted many to turn to not only gun purchases but training, said Hawkins.

Many of the customers, both from across the state border and local, describe themselves as the types that "thought they'd never buy a gun," he added. 

Before the pandemic, Reno Guns and Range enlisted about 12 people in its weekly "Introduction to Handgun" classes; they've since increased the number of classes to accommodate more than 40 people a week. 

Same goes for the "Carrying a Concealed Weapon" classes, which previously enrolled more than 50 people a month. That enrollment is up to 215 these days. 

The clientele isn't only local, either. On the weekends, Reno Guns and Range is packed nearly to capacity, and a lot of the customers hail from California. For a good portion, like Burks, it's their first time handling a gun. 

"I don't want to mess up and do something wrong and hurt myself or somebody else," she said. 

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While Reno Guns and Range has to abide by a number of restrictions when selling products to out-of-state residents, they can sell them a number of products, including certain firearms, and can also offer training. 

"You’re seeing a dramatic increase in liberal, voting people that are not only purchasing guns, but learning about guns and learning about gun control laws," Hawkins said. "Not everything they heard about guns is true, so it's been kind of an educational opportunity." 

One person asked on a Reddit thread recently which gun shops in Reno were "leftist friendly," which drew a number of responses citing stores that were welcoming to people of color, respectful of the statewide mask mandate and weren't overtly political. 

That's not to say young, liberal Californians are the only first-timers buying firearms.

One openly conservative, elderly couple came into Reno Guns and Range looking to protect their home on Tuesday.

"People are people and people are worried about their personal safety," said Hawkins. 

Nor are they necessarily looking to protect themselves during periods of unrest. Tracy Antone, of Reno, said she just wanted to buy her own gun since she's always practicing with those of her husband, who is in the military.

Another customer, Alejandro Martinez, of Stead, said he just wanted to try a new hobby since his only other passion was gaming. 

"Everyone has their own reason, for some it's protection, for me, I just want to try something new," said Martinez. 

It doesn't matter who wins

Shar'on Oren, owner of Maccabee Arms in Reno, would typically be preparing for either a surge or a dump in gun sales with an election on the horizon. 

"Basically, when you have a Republican in the White House, people don’t buy guns," Oren said. 

Gun owners feel assured their right to bear arms won't be touched under conservative administrations, but they get spooked that their guns will be taken away or outlawed under liberal administrations, he said. 

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This year, however, people are going to buy guns no matter who wins, Oren predicted. 

"I don’t have a crystal ball, but I think we'll be seeing steady demand for at least another six months," said Oren. "If Trump wins, it will be the hottest riots in America we’ve seen since the Civil War. If Biden wins, people will fear communism, socialism."

Oren estimates that about 90 percent of his gun sales since March have been to first-time buyers, about three-quarters of them he'd presume would identify as Democrats. 

Shar'on Oren, owner of Maccabee Arms, poses for a portrait in front of his gun store in Reno on Oct. 16, 2020.

"If you’re a flaming liberal and there’s a Trump sign on the door, you might think that they’re going to eat you alive and put salt on you and swallow you, but we treat everyone the same," said Oren, who does, in fact, have a Trump sign on his door. "A lot of the people on the left are realizing that the left went a little too far left."

Oren, who noted that he immigrated to the U.S. from Israel and is married to a Democrat, said people make too many assumptions about the gun community. 

Recent calls to "defund the police," however, have been a wake-up call to many and have particularly spooked moderates and "middle of the road" voters into buying guns, mostly handguns. He's also noticed more demand for rifles.

There is a fear that there will be a shortage of law enforcement, which Oren said people shouldn't count on anyhow since officers respond to crimes, rather than prevent them. 

"Everyone is carrying a gun because a cop is too heavy," he said. 

Jenny Kane covers arts and culture in Northern Nevada, as well as the dynamic relationship between the state and the growing Burning Man community. She also covers the state's burgeoning cannabis industry (Check out her podcast, the Potcast, on iTunes.) Support her work in Reno by subscribing to right here. 

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Reno Guns & Range: Hours, Address, Reno Guns & Range Reviews: 5/5


Reno Guns & Range, is Nevada's most advanced and largest Indoor Shooting & Training Facility. It houses state-of-the-art technology throughout the totally redesigned 24,000 sq. ft. building along with an expansive retail selection of firearms and accessories. Our goal is to provide an environment that promotes firearms safety, education and enjoyment for all levels of experience. Reno Guns & Range offers a variety of training technologies typically not available to the general public and rarely all under one roof. These options, coupled with our other services and the vast experience of our staff, creates an experience second to none. The range is clean and well-ventilated and always staffed by a Range Safety Officer (RSO). Our rental selection of over 150 firearms includes handguns, rifles, shotguns and even suppressors and MACHINE GUNS ! (Did we say Bachelor Party?) Well suited for individuals, groups, private parties or meetings.

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*Yes, we rent guns, including machine guns! (CA residents welcome)

Monday – Thursday 9AM – 7PM
Friday – Saturday 9AM – 8PM
Sunday  9AM – 5PM class schedules, availability, registration and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office current  information.  We continually add new full and renewal classes.

Learn about our Intro to Handgun class, an excellent small group class to get you started

Private Training & Qualifications:  Please call extension 120 or email [email protected]

  • Range fee: $19 per person M-F, $24 per person Sat-Sun. Click for additional pricing information.
    * We have a good selection of firearm rentals, hearing & eye protection & targets.
  • Check out our great selection of firearms, NFA items, accessories and ammunition. 
  • Firearm Transfers Accepted: including private party transfers (See for details).
    You must be a Nevada resident for us to transfer a firearm to you.
    CA residents: We have no CA legal firearms for sale, therefore we cannot sell one to you. Please contact your local firearm dealer to explain CA laws regarding the purchase of a firearm.
  • Have a great day.  Stay Safe & Healthy!

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Reno Guns & Range, the largest indoor range in Nevada, opened in August 2015 and features state-of-the-art technology throughout the totally redesigned indoor 24,226 sq ft facility. ..... We are family friendly and available to all levels of experience..... **Membership is not required - Open to the public**

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