It’s been a tough year for California gun retailers, as the coronavirus outbreak forced the closure of hundreds of stores and many of their employees.
But now, one of the state’s largest gun retailers is looking to make a comeback.
California gun stores were hit hard by the coronacovirus, and as of March, more than 300 stores closed in the state, according to the state Department of Food and Agriculture.
But the gun store chain has made strides in the past few years, with more than 30 stores closing this year.
In 2015, Calguns launched a partnership with local law enforcement agencies and made plans to expand.
Last year, the company hired a team of former U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents to help with the transition, as well as recruit additional staff to support the business.
Calguns has more than 20 full-time employees and expects to hire more than 100 by the end of 2019, according the company.
“I think the world is watching us,” Calguns President Scott J. Parducci said in a statement.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a one-year transition, but we want to make sure that we’re ready for the next phase of our growth,” he added.
Calguns has about 1,600 employees in California, according a statement posted on its website.
The company also owns and operates more than 10 other California gun stores, including one in San Diego, and it has an established presence in the New York City area.