Gun ammunition suddenly in short supply

Hunters and hobbyists have depleted shop shelves since the Connecticut school shooting in December. It's 'a Black Friday atmosphere,' one store manager says.

By Bruce Kennedy Feb 1, 2013 9:18AM
Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Caption: A box of .45 cal. ammunition is offered for saleAmmunition is getting scarce for gun owners, and some people suspect the recent school massacre in Connecticut is one reason behind the run.

The largest seller of guns in the U.S., Wal-Mart (WMT), is limiting sales of ammunition at its stores to three boxes per customer a day.

And it's not only Wal-Mart. Over the weekend, gun owners in Myrtle Beach, S.C., lined up outside the local Bass Pro Shops store.

The store's operations manager, Brad Andrews, told WBTW-TV there's been "a bit of a Black Friday atmosphere" at the shop for several weeks now as hunters and gun hobbyists try to stock up from any new shipments of ammunition.

Sales of guns and ammunition have reportedly risen sharply across the country since the Dec. 14 elementary school shooting.

"It probably has something to do with the recent event in Newtown, Connecticut, the shooting out there," said would-be ammunition buyer Richard Harney. "People just went out and bought it all out. The demand is there, we just saw it, a lot of ammo was off the shelves in two minutes."

Another gun owner at the Myrtle Beach Bass Pro Shops, George Schultz, believes the run on ammunition is due to fears of an impending government crackdown on weapons. "People are scared," he said. "I guess they’re just loading up on whatever they can, and it’s just a shortage."

The website for Ammunition to Go, based in Texas, alerts potential customers to shipping delays of 24 to 26 days due to the high volume of orders.

Law enforcement is also feeling the ammunition pinch. The Metropolis, Ill., Police Department can't find ammo for its .40 caliber semiautomatic pistols.

"We've been told from our supplier that pistol ammunition is almost become nonexistent," Metropolis police chief Harry Masse told KFVS-TV. He notes the ammunition shortage is also driving up costs.

"I used to complain when they cost us 7 to 8 cents a round," he said. "Now they're costing us 30 cents a shot. And there's 50 rounds per box. So it adds up quickly."

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Feb 1, 2013 12:57PM
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"Ammunition is getting scarce for gun owners, and some people suspect the recent school massacre in Connecticut is one reason behind the run." Actually, it's because of the gun control talks sparked by Newtown. Everything here is sold out - has been for weeks - and no replinish supplies anytime soon. We need i=our guns. We want our guns. If the govt. is so concerned about mass shootings, perhaps they should outlaw them, instead of guns. Oh, wait...

 

Also, for the gun control dimwits, I ask: What about Mexico? The cartels are not coming into the US, they are HERE. The only people allowed to have guns there are the military and police, but in case you haven't noticed, the cartels are armed as well if not better. And ordinary kids get beheaded everyday for not joining ranks, or getting caught after being forced to join a different cartel. What about New Gunea? I've heard Port Moresby is a pretty scary place. No guns, there, except for the homemade ones that the criminals, who also travel in packs and like to use machetes have. And Syria? Why would Obama give the Syrian rebels high-powered guns but want to, if not disarm us, take away our assault rifles? Assault rifles aren't that bad...chances are, most people know someone who likes and owns one, and probably hasn't shot or held anyone up with it recently. I'm not going to be ridiculous and say it's the utimate home-defense weapon - I'd rather have a shotgun - but they are fun to have, fun to shoot, and can be owned responsibly..

Feb 1, 2013 12:52PM
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WELL ,  ammo has been sold out or on back order for the last 3 months on line,  even something simple as the 22  MINI MAG  ROUND are sold out,   and some places have now stopped or put on hold any more back orders,   and if any one is looking for anything to do with the AR-15,  you can forget it,  even spare parts are sold out     I was just checking to verify some stories I heard,  It wasn't this bad when CLINTON signed the first BAN    THE part that confuses me is, if our economy is so far in the tank,  where is the money coming from to buy up all these GUNS & AMMO
Feb 1, 2013 12:52PM
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The second amendment was given to us , "We the People" , to protect us from a over-bearing , over-reaching , out-of -control government ! Not to be able to protect ourselves from criminals and thugs . Many within the  " Patriot" community warned of this administrations forth-coming GUN-GRAB , and we were called everything from conspiritists , to racists , and anti-american (HUH ?) for not jumping on board the Socialist-in-Chiefs progressive NWO train , headed straight for the FEMA Gulag .

  You re-elected this bunch of radical leftist , anti-gun clowns , and now all the "chicken-littles" are running around looking for ammo , cause "you're scared" . The panic-buyers are driving up the price . Not the sellers . It's called Capitalism , Folks ! Market demand creates higher prices .

  This administration thinks it is perfectly acceptable to have women serve in military combat units , but these same people think that a civillian woman shouldn't be allowed to have a Glock with a 15 round magazine to protect her home and her children ?  Somebody ! Anybody ! Please tell me what the Hell is wrong with that train of thought !  As a former Nam Vet Airborne Ranger I don't see it .  And you should have heeded the warnings two years ago , and stocked up on ammo when "WE" warned you to !  Cause : It could NEVER happen here !  Really ?.......  Seriously ?

Feb 1, 2013 12:51PM
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Mirage Guy...the economic collapse happened in 2007-2008 under our watch. Old news.
Feb 1, 2013 12:51PM
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What a way to pervert a story. Just how stupid are reporters ? It has nothing to do with the school trajedy - it has everything to do with peoples fear of more Government intervention.

Feb 1, 2013 12:50PM
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The king has spoken people,the constitution/bill of rights mean nothing anymore.King barry says NO AMMO FOR YOU! Come back 4 years. ALL HAIL THE KING!!
Feb 1, 2013 12:49PM
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If the government ever did really want to come after you, they will just drop a laser guided bomb from a drone hundreds of miles away. You guys will never know what hit you. Silly paranoid nonsence.
Feb 1, 2013 12:48PM
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Well you can thank Obama and Cuomo! Probably doesn't matter what those two idiots do to close the barn door, the horses are already out. The suppliers that supply law enforcement and the military are the same suppliers that supply civilians, the smartest thing they can do is make sure those that are defending the Constitution and the 2nd Amendment get the ammo.
Feb 1, 2013 12:48PM
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Writing about something that occured a month ago? The news was more up to date and accurate when all we had was TV and radio. They had 30 minutes three or four times a day to report the news. Just making up stories and rehashing old events to fill the daily pages doesn't cut it. You put your own spin on things to perpetuate your own agenda. Fill people with misinformation. A high school newpaper is more current and accurate than this crap.
Feb 1, 2013 12:46PM
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As Danton said, and the reason the Second Amendment exists...  "Man has the rights he can defend"...   And as a famous socialist once said, "All political power comes from the barrel of a gun"...

Maybe Americans sense dangerous times ahead following Democrat polices.  Maybe they feel the need to be able to defend themselves from socialist mobs or dictatorial government?

I don't know the reason, but Americans are arming themselves like nothing before in our history.  The sense extreme trouble, otherwise WHY?  Maybe deep down they know that these democrat polices will cause complete economic collapse.  

Guns and ammo are in very short supply.  Go visit a B**** Shops some weekend.  Check out the ammo on the shelves.  See how busy the gun sections are...  
Feb 1, 2013 12:46PM
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Don't forget the gazillion rounds that Homeland Security bought recently.
Feb 1, 2013 12:46PM
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The price of ammunition has skyrocketed. This is just gouging. The raw materials are up some, but nowhere NEAR the price we are now paying for ammo of ANY kind. When prices come back down, and they will, the makers are gonna discover they "shot" themselves in the **** with people reloading their own. I'd never use reloads for self defense, but for practice they work just fine. There are tens of thousands of us who will take up reloading again. I used to and have the equipment. All the "new" gun owners, who I am NOT condemning don't. But I know a few of them and will reload for them as well as other friends. Never got into using the aluminum casings, so all my brass IS brass. And going light on the loads will make em last past on re-use. Luckily for me I've already got a few boxes of ammo for my handguns and a healthy supply of brass. I'm not figuring on a war. We'll beat the bast***s at the ballot box before it comes to that.
Feb 1, 2013 12:45PM
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LOAD YOUR OWN!! that's what I have done for the last ten years. The start up cost is up there. All of my reloading equipment has paid for itself many times over.  The problem know is finding the components' to do your own reloading.
Feb 1, 2013 12:45PM
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Buy guns and ammo when Repubs are in the whitehouse and sell when Dems are in. Buy low and sell high.

 

We went through this same thing when Clinton was Pres. You would think that you guys would have learned by now. All you are doing is making Gun and Ammo manufacturers rich. They are laughing at you all the way to the bank. Its an artificial shortage to raise the hysteria and prices even further.

Feb 1, 2013 12:39PM
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Actually the truth is that while there is a mad rush at the store to buy up ammo, the government purchased orver 1 billion rounds of ammo and that is what has caused the shortage. Thus far, in the war in Afganistan and Iraq the government has spend about 75,000 rounds of ammo. I wonder why the big purchase on ammo especially in calibers like the .223 that they would have no use for? HMMM. Scary isn't it?
Feb 1, 2013 12:39PM
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its time to rise up people and take our country back from the spineless,whiney liberals.lets do it.revolution,revolution,revolution
Feb 1, 2013 12:38PM
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Back in the days of Richard Nixon and his law and order regime, the NRA and their pals had those bumper stickers the read " America Love it or Leave it".  Back then the NRA supported gun control, because they feared a black revolution in America led by groups like the SDS and Black Panthers.  The NRA spokesman testifying at hearings stated that " there is no legitimate reason for a private citizen to posses military weapons"  Now that they are shills for the gun manufacturers, their whole attitude has changes, except that they still hate the idea of non-whites with guns.  Good news for them is that there are places in the world where there are absolutely no restrictions on weapons of any sort- In Nigeria, Malawi and a host of other African countries , everyone roams the streets armed with AK 47's- kids as young as 9-10 years old.  So I say, we should drag out all those old " Love it or Leave it" stickers and tell the NRA to pack up and find a place where you can have all the guns you want.
Feb 1, 2013 12:35PM
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Where the hell have you been MSN. The shortage has been going on for weeks, and its not because people are scarred. We all know that the socialist regime is going to try and limit what we can buy. So we buy as much as we can when we can find it.
Feb 1, 2013 12:33PM
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Suddenly?   Are you crazy?   Since before the election.   People are arming themselves for the impending collapse of Obamanomics.   And the government is as well.   They are expecting riots, and civil strife.  Americans are good at spotting trends and taking necessary steps to protect themselves...
Feb 1, 2013 12:32PM
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Congratulations to the anti gun folks.All the hysteria following the tragegy in Connecticut by a deranged person with an illegaly  obtained weapon has caused more gun and ammunition sales in the time since the shooting than you would have otherwise seen and made the gun companies all the richer.  Non of the new laws will affect the guns already sold. The magazines sold will not be turned in and the ammo will be stored . NOTHING has been or will be accomplished in terms of making the rest of us safer. The honest gun owner, no matter what they own is not the problem. The criminal is.
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