BUSINESS FEATURE GunsWarehouse Cedar Park business has been serving community and law enforcement since 2015 A fter nearly 20 years of working in and owning gun shops in Austin, Russ Friesz decided to look homeward for his next business venture. Friesz moved to Cedar Park in 1998 and watched as the city grew gradually—then rapidly—around him. “I saw a need here in Cedar Park,” he said. Guns Warehouse opened for business on July 7, 2015, in The Railyard at 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 712, and recently marked its fth anniversary. Friesz said the move to Cedar Park was a smart one. “We love being here. We just love Cedar Park,” he said. On a recent Friday afternoon, the feeling seemed mutual. There were consistently six to eight cus- tomers in the store. Everyone, including Friesz and his employees, were wearing masks and observing social distancing. Friesz said the rst six months of 2020 was the busiest period in his experience as a gun shop owner. “We’re always busy, but this is the busiest we’ve ever been,” Friesz said. “There’s been a huge uptick in home defense. There’s a huge rst-time gun owner crowd, due mostly to recent events.” Some might be surprised at who are buying guns, according to Friesz. “This year in particular, there are more female buyers now than in the history of rearms,” he said. To complete a purchase, gun buyers must rst pass a background check run through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, which is performed at the time of purchase and, for 80% of customers, usually takes less than 15 minutes, Friesz said. It may take longer, up to three business days, for those with common names, he said. Restrictions due to coronavirus concerns have created shortages in guns and ammunition, accord- ing to Friesz. However, he said Guns Warehouse has plenty of inventory for both products. Friesz said the shop has hundreds of rearms in stock, from discreet, concealable pistols to ries and shotguns for hunting big game. FIREARMBACKGROUND CHECKS After recording 1,150,058 checks from Jan. 1-June
BY BRIAN PERDUE
Guns Warehouse oers a wide variety of rearms and ammunition. The photo was taken before the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Russ Friesz)
MOST POPULAR HANDGUNS While Guns Warehouse sells a variety of ries and shotguns, handguns are the most popular rearms, according to Guns Warehouse owner Russ Friesz. Here are the most popular pistols at the Cedar Park business. (Photos by Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper) Colt Python Style: revolver Ammo: .357 Ammo capacity: 6 Weight: 46 oz. Used for: target shooting, home protection Glock 19 Style: range pistol Ammo: 9 mm Ammo capacity: 16 and up Weight: 23.65 oz. Used for: target shooting, home protection Sig Sauer P365 Style: conceal-carry pistol Ammo: 9 mm Ammo capacity: 11 Weight: 17.8 oz. Used for: personal protection, home protection Ruger LCP II Style: conceal-carry pistol Ammo: .380 Ammo capacity: 11 Weight: 11.2 oz. Used for: personal protection, home protection
He said pistols—for personal and home protec- tion—are by far the biggest seller, and law enforce- ment make up a big portion of his clientele. For repairs and modications, Guns Warehouse oers general gunsmithing, according to Friesz, and partners with other people for certication courses. GunsWarehouse 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 712, Cedar Park 512-986-7330 www.mygunswarehouse.com Hours: Tue.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sun.-Mon.
30, Texas is on pace to have a record number of annual background checks for rearm purchases in 2020, according to FBI data.
YEAR *Projected total based on 1,150,058 checks from Jan. 1-June 30. 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
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CEDAR PARK LEANDER EDITION • AUGUST 2020
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