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.
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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"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..
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 ?
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.
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.
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