Charlotte’s ‘unprecedented’ demand for guns and ammo is fueled by more than politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tamara Schaeffer never bought a firearm before stepping inside Hyatt Gun Shop on Wilkinson Boulevard on last week. Three homicides in her Revolution Park neighborhood finally changed her mind about keeping a gun in her house and carrying it with her. Schaeffer, a 45-year-old single Hispanic mom and a deli worker, said she won’t even let her 16-year-old son walk to the nearby Family Dollar. She holds a can of Mace wherever she goes, including as she pumps gas at the local Quik Trip. “Every night we hear gunshots,” she said. “That’s normal.” “It’s awful out here on the streets,…

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