Big Daddy Guns opened its first store in the Tallahassee area on Saturday. It is located in the upscale Northeast Tallahassee area, in the Bannerman Crossings complex, next to Market Square Liquors.
The store saw an influx of customers when it officially opened who came to browse and purchase guns.
“I was thrilled to see the expansion of Big Daddy Guns in Tallahassee,” said Janine Granthan, a buyer at the retail store. “I am originally from Gainesville and I know the store very well at home. I love the different assortments of weapons. My brother is currently looking for a pistol to buy today. We have been waiting all month for this grand opening and I think this store was necessary here ”.
Another customer who attended the inauguration shed a positive light on the benefits Big Daddy Guns will bring to Tallahassee.
“I’m here today to visit the new store and find a new weapon,” Jared Reece said. “I’ve heard this store brings great guns to town and I love to hunt, so this is the place for me. Having an official gun store in town is much better than buying guns from a local pawnshop. I know some people may think this gun store is going to cause more gun violence in town, but if people want to hurt other people, they’ll do it anyway. Today, I exercise my right to the Second Amendment.
While some customers were excited about the store’s official opening, others were skeptical of its presence in Tallahassee.
“I came to this plaza this morning to shop at about four stores here,” said Richard Wallace. “Since I’ve been here, I feel like I’ve seen at least 100 potential buyers walk in and out of this store today. I’m not sure I want another gun store in town because a lot of people aren’t responsible with them. It will disturb me if I learn that a student has been shot by a gun purchased from Big Daddy Guns. “
Big Daddy Guns started out as an online retailer. The Tallahassee outlet is the company’s third location in Florida. The others are in Gainesville and Ocala.
“We have developed a very large footprint across the country online,” said store manager Rontez Phillips. “We’re not your typical dark, drab gun store, and our focus is on customer service and educating the customer on the best guns and accessories for them.”
The company intends to expand to Georgia in the near future.
People can drop by the store to buy a gun Monday through Saturday or shop online at www.bigdaddyunlimited.com.