By WENDY HOLDREN
BECKLEY, W.Va. — It was a big risk for Sam Morton to open a firearm and pawn shop on Main Street in Mount Hope, where the abandoned storefronts outnumber the businesses still in operation.
But he knew his days in the mining industry were numbered.
Morton, who will soon turn 42, had spent 12 years in the mining industry – first with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), then with Patriot Coal as a safety manager.
But in October 2014, he and his brother-in-law, Bryan Arthur, opened Bare Arms Gun and Pawn. Business got off to a slow start.
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