After Gun Boss Armory opened for business Monday morning in a Redlands strip mall, Matt Nicholson was among those who walked through the door.
“I’ve never owned a gun before,” Nicholson told an employee behind the counter who handed him a silver Beretta handgun from a display case.
Nicholson, a 23-year-old Redlands resident, said he had thought about buying a firearm in the past. But the attack that claimed 14 lives Wednesday at a San Bernardino social services center — 5 miles from Gun Boss Armory — made him decide to buy a gun.
“It was a little too close to home,” he said.
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