By: Teresa Mull

The coronavirus crisis has led to a boom in gun sales. According to The Washington Examiner, “The FBI recorded 3,740,688 background checks in March, the most in any month ever — and by a mile. In February, another record-breaker, there were 2,802,467 checks.”

A lot of those gun purchases have come from first-time buyers.

For many gun nuts, their first-ever gun purchase is a distant, foggy memory, yet for many, buying a gun for the first time is intimidating.

It doesn’t have to be. Sam Vitullo, store manager of Belding and Mull Sporting Goods Store in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, explains what first-time gun buyers should consider before purchasing a firearm and what they should expect when they visit a gun store:

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