The owner of a boutique gun shop in suburban Baltimore is using its $200,000 profit from its after-sale service to provide free guns to those who cannot afford them at gun shows.
Shawn Aiken said he started a $200-per-month after-hours service to help customers find cheaper guns.
“We have to start somewhere.
You can’t just go to a gun show,” he said.
“You can’t get to the show and get a gun for free.”
The Baltimore Gun Shop is the first after-shoots company to offer free guns.
It’s also the first gun shop to make its profits on after-orders.
“I think it’s going to save lives,” Aiken, who has a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University, said.
The after-after-sale business is run by the owner of Aiken Gunworks in suburban Maryland, which has sold more than 2 million guns and ammunition since its founding in 2013.
The shop has also helped many people buy guns and other items online.
The shop has expanded beyond the guns it sells at gunshows, and its after sales service allows customers to order items from other stores and ships them to them within a day or two.
“Our customers have asked for free guns,” said Aiken.
“And that’s something we couldn’t do in the past.
We can’t compete with them on price.”
He said the after-shoot service also saves money by letting customers save time.
Aiken said the business was able to save $5,000 by selling only handguns.
The company has about 1,300 guns and is currently processing orders from customers.
A few months ago, Aiken made a small profit on after sales, but he said he has a few ideas to increase revenue.
He’s trying to raise money on Kickstarter to make the after sales program more popular.
A Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a “after-shooting app” would help with that.
The store also plans to expand beyond the gun show business.
Aiken is trying to sell guns to the military.
A business that lets people buy from one place and then ship them to another, and that lets customers order items online, would be a good fit, he said, especially for the military, which needs cheap guns.
But it could also be difficult for a small business to survive in a tough market.