Even in Hilo, demand for guns, ammo soars

  • Photos by Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Tim Beatty speaks with a customer at the Hilo Surplus Store Thursday in Hilo. The store has sold many essential items to customers, including military cots to the hospital last week.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Sean Stueber talks about sales from the past week in the depleted Stuebs' Guns and Ammo in Hilo on Friday. Stuebs' changed its hours and is now open, for pick ups only, three days a week.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Thomas Toy looks at ammunition while talking with Kean Umeda at S. Tokunaga Store in Hilo on Thursday. Ammo and gun sales have increased significantly in the past week as people prepared to stay home during the statewide lockdown.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Michael Moylan stands in front of nearly empty gun racks on Friday at Stuebs' Guns and Ammo in Hilo. Guns and ammunition have been selling quickly at the shop since the initial outbreak of COVID-19.

As people across the nation stocked up on toilet paper and cleaning supplies in preparation for the coronavirus lockdown, demand for guns and ammunition also spiked in Hilo.