By Samantha Chang
The home-security industry is booming in Beverly Hills, California, thanks to the frightening crime waves ravaging the Democrat-run state.
Russell Stuart, the owner of the only gun store in the posh Los Angeles suburb, said residents have been rushing out en masse to buy firearms amid the smash-and-grab robberies infesting the liberal city.
“This morning I sold six shotguns in about an hour to people that say, ‘I want a home defense shotgun,’” Stuart told Los Angeles Magazine on Wednesday.
“Everyone has a general sense of constant fear, which is very sad. We’re used to this being like Mayberry.”
Since opening in July 2020, Stuart said his shop has been barraged by anxious locals who are terrified of being targeted by lawless thugs.
His gun-buying clients include famous actors, prominent film executives and wealthy business moguls.
This is ironic because California — like other liberal states — has among the strictest gun control laws in the country, and its residents are among the most vocal opponents of the Second Amendment right to bear arms in self-defense.
The catalyst for the surge in gun purchases, Stuart said, was the May 2020 Black Lives Matter riot, where gangs of marauding looters ransacked stores in Beverly Hills.
Now that California has devolved into a lawless hellscape thanks to destructive left-wing policies, the scales have finally fallen from residents’ eyes.
Last week, Black Lives Matter rioters once again stormed Beverly Hills — just two days before Christmas.
Wealthy Beverly Hills residents are installing state-of-the-art alarm systems, safe rooms and bullet-proof glass in their homes, according to Los Angeles Magazine.
Stuart, who also owns a home-security company, said one of his clients even asked about having an armada of automated drones to hover over his mansion.
As we’ve seen in recent months, Californians are not safe from criminals even right on their doorstep.
Former Marine David Perez, the CEO of home-security firm Omega International Group, said the wealthy neighborhood is extremely vulnerable to roving gangs of criminals who want a big score.
Accordingly, he advises his clients to be low-key whenever they step outside their homes.
“Beverly Hills is definitely a target,” Perez told Los Angeles Magazine. “We’re telling clients, ‘Hey, don’t go out with flashy jewelry. Try to keep a lower profile. Instead of driving the Bentley, maybe just take the SUV.”
Debbie Mizrahie, a resident of Beverly Hills, said she and her family are worried sick about being burglarized or murdered.
“I’ve always been anti-gun,” Mizrahie told the New York Post earlier this month. “But I am right now in the process of getting myself shooting lessons because I now understand that there may be a need for me to know how to defend myself and my family. We’re living in fear.”
Mizrahie said a turning point was when her neighbor’s home was firebombed with Molotov cocktails during last year’s Black Lives Matter protests.
“My kids were outside and they saw a huge explosion,” she recounted. “[The neighbor’s] backyard went up in smoke. Trees burned down … But it’s only gotten worse. Beverly Hills has been targeted.”
Resident Shirley Reitman agreed, saying many locals have begun carrying guns to protect themselves.
“It’s gotten to a point where residents feel insecure even going from their door to their car,” Reitman told the Post. “A lot of residents are applying for a concealed carry weapon permit, even though that’s a great challenge in LA County.”
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