Pandemic triggers a boom for Seekonk gun store

UP IN ARMS: Despite an anticipated 40% increase in annual sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dean Chapman, owner of gun stores Pheasant Ridge Inc. in Seekonk and River Street Tactical Inc. in Woonsocket, was not happy when he was forced to close his Seekonk store after initial stay-at-home orders in Massachusetts did not deem gun stores as essential ­businesses. / PBN PHOTO/NANCY LAVIN
UP IN ARMS: Despite an anticipated 40% increase in annual sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dean Chapman, owner of gun stores Pheasant Ridge Inc. in Seekonk and River Street Tactical Inc. in Woonsocket, was not happy when he was forced to close his Seekonk store after initial stay-at-home orders in Massachusetts did not deem gun stores as essential ­businesses. / PBN PHOTO/NANCY LAVIN
A gun can’t kill a virus, but that hasn’t stopped customers from swarming Pheasant Ridge Inc. amid the new coronavirus. In his 30-plus years in business, Seekonk gun shop owner Dean Chapman has endured many booms and busts in sales – often tied to incidents of gun violence that get national attention or changes in…

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