According to a gun shop owner in Beverly Hills, the rich and famous of Hollywood are arming themselves like never before.
The Daily Caller reported, The city’s only gun store, Beverly Hills Guns, opened in July 2020 and has serviced wealthy clients from Santa Monica to Hollywood Hills following the rise in smash-and-grab robberies and home invasions, LA Mag reported. Heightened fears over being the victim of a crime has sent actors, real estate moguls, and film executives to the store for safety, some purchasing a firearm for the first time, owner Russell Stuart told the outlet.
Stuart said that on the day of his interview he sold six shotguns within one hour to individuals looking for home protection. “Everyone has a general sense of constant fear, which is very sad,” he said.
Stuart also warned that he fears having so many guns floating around in the hands of people who don’t have proper training in how to use them. He told the Daily Caller that he encourages his customers to learn the law and visit Gun ranges.
It appears that obtaining a permit to concealed carry in LA remains difficult, but reports indicate that the number of residents seeking these permits is ticking up.
“A lot of residents are applying for a concealed carry weapon permit, even though that’s a great challenge in LA County,” one resident, Shirley Reitman said.
As one might suspect, LA county is a prime target for robberies. Its residents are warned not to go in public wearing flashy jewelry and expensive clothing to avoid being attacked.