Posted April 7, 2020 / by Colin Newbury
Around the world, people, industries, and entire nations are feeling the effects of the pandemic. We are not an exception. I’m writing this today to give you some background into what’s going on and how we are dealing with it all. I believe in transparency and refuse to let our customers, clients, and followers guessing at what we’re doing.
When the country started seeing the media talk about an outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States people went and bought everything they thought they needed. Grocery stores were packed with people trying to buy meats, canned goods, and toilet paper.
Then we saw the run on gun shops and online firearm retailers. People were buying all the ammo, guns, and accessories they could afford. We saw people who had never been gun owners and even people who were anti gun running to their local shops and buying whatever they could. This caused prices to skyrocket across the board. Distributors were inundated with orders from shops. After just a few days, orders began to be delayed 2, 3, 4 weeks depending on the distributor.
We had our online store get hit with a good amount of orders. I wouldn’t say we were slammed like the bigger companies but it was definitely more than usual. We had also had consignment guns that we had showcased on our social media pages that people from all over the country were contacting us about.
As the virus spread, the CDC recommended that everyone stay at least 6ft apart from each other and state governments adopted this precaution and started to enforce it. This lead to companies having to cut their staffing due to “not enough room for social distancing”. I was told by one of our distributors their state made them cut the warehouse staff that processes and ships all orders was cut by more than half because the facility wasn’t “big enough” to properly social distance. This greatly impacted their ability to get products out to shops around the country.
Then states started issuing stay at home orders that caused companies to either allow their employees to work from home or temporarily laid them off a portion of them. Companies and governments started to cut hours of operations as well. Why is this an issue? Places like UPS, FedEx, and USPS are not operating normally which is impacting getting products in and out. I went to drop off a 6 packages at USPS and as I walked up to the door, the postal worker locked the door and put piece of paper in the window that said they were closing early. They closed early because they wanted to limit their remaining staff’s exposure to the public and potentially infected people. If places like the post office are closing early that means we have less time to get there to ship things out each day. I don’t have to tell you how frustrating that is.
In MA, the Governor deemed Firearms Retailers non-essential and ordered them to close to the public like every other non-essential business. Despite the order to close, some shops remained open. One shop even spoke to the media saying they were going to stay open as long as they could. I can only assume this is what caused the state to start sending our Cease and Desist letters to the shops that remained open. We closed to the public when they first announced that non-essential businesses had to, but we did it for personal reasons not because some political asshat said we had to.
As some of you know, everyone who works with us or is associated with our company is what the government calls an “essential employee”. Not because DHS thinks gun shops are essential businesses. But because they are Nurses, Firefighters, Paramedics, EMTs, and employees working in the critical infrastructure of the United Sates. Here are just a few of the people who work with us and are essential workers.
All of the people who are a part of the FF Arms team are essential employees during the pandemic. This means longer work hours and less time here at FF Arms. It’s a shit situation but necessary during these times.
Despite everything that is going on we are are still taking things in and shipping them out. The unfortunate reality is things are taking longer to process and ship. We are shipping things out in groups. The groups are organized by order date. It’s the fairest way we could come up with.
Once an order is received, we begin to process it. It then goes in the queue with the other orders that are being processed and shipped.
Currently shipping will take 2-4 weeks. I know, it sucks. Not much that I can come up with to shorten it at the moment.
We are taking the necessary precautions while packaging up all orders. Lots of masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer are being used. Everything is being wiped down as well.
I’m staying in contact with our distributor reps to keep up to date on what their shipping times are and the status of our pending orders.
There is no in store pick up for anything.
All appointments have been canceled.
All appraisals are being done via FaceTime/Skype or email.
All meetings have been moved to FaceTime/Skype or email.
I’m responding to all calls, emails, and social media messages. If you email us, you’ll get an auto reply back. Don’t worry, I’m still going to reply.
These days offer new challenges for everyone. Firearm retailers across the country are all dealing with the same situations. I only ask that you all to ben patient and get through this safely. If you have any questions, email them to Sales@FoundingFathersGuns.com.