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
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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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Everyone has firearms now. The folks have fear this Secular progress fed gov't is doing things which are forcing them to protect themselves.

The laws coming out of Washington like Fema able to confiscate food and other goods from homes during emergencies is frightful to many.

When Homeland Security is purchasing 7,000 Full Auto M16s and calling them a Personnel Protection Device, but the AR-15 which is semi-auto for civilian use is being called an assault weapon, people fear the Fed is gearing up for something.

When the leaders of the Federal Armed forces (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard) are being asked if they would order their troops to fire on American civilians before they will be allowed to lead troops, that is making the average American citizen very disturbed and cautious.

When Black Ops Helicopters are being used in "training exercises" in our cities without most citizens even knowing about them ahead of time, it gives pause to people thinking is this for real?

The Fed Gov't under this Administration is giving out some dangerous signals.    

Feb 1, 2013 12:32PM
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.
Feb 1, 2013 12:03PM
i don't fear crime as much as I'm starting to feel our government, That not a good thing.
When people are wlling to spend their money on firearms and ammo thus reducing their spending on consumer goods like cars, their actions should make the Democrats shut up and leave people's right to bear arms alone.   Then we can have consumers spending their money on what our factories are manufacturing.
Feb 1, 2013 11:56AM
Truth be known the government has depleted the ammo supply.  FEMA, DHS and the IRS have bought millions of rounds.  Mmm, wonder what their plans are/were!
Feb 1, 2013 12:03PM
the sounds of revolution are in the air.
Feb 1, 2013 12:33PM
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 12:29PM

Lets see


2000 rounds of 9mm Check

2000 Rounds 40cal Check

2000 Rounds 45cal Check

2500 Rounds of .223 Check

2500 Rounds of 5.56  Check

2000 shot gun shells Check

4000 Rounds  of .22 Cal ChecK

150 50 cal ChecK


Nope I'm good...

Feb 1, 2013 12:51PM

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 12:09PM
Really?  Where have these people been for a month?  Under a rock?  The ammo issue is about our government attempting to limit what kind of guns we are able to keep, discussing an "ammo" tax (some places talk about a per bullet tax).  What do you expect people to do?  For goodness sake, try to keep at least semi current!!
Feb 1, 2013 12:04PM

Just how much ammunition has been bought by the USG. I read recently that the SSA purchase millions of rounds of 40 cal ammo as did DHS, IRS and other alphabetic soup agencies. Did the SSA purchase this ammo to protect themselves when they deal with the irate public, or the limit its liability by limiting the number of old folks in the system. OH, Gosh, OBAMA care is setting that up for them. It's all a mess.

Feb 1, 2013 12:35PM
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 12:29PM
it's not just ammo that's getting scares. It's also reloading components. Is it "Doomsday Prepping" or "Pre-2nd Civil War Prepping"? Either way, it's not a good sign.
Feb 1, 2013 12:46PM
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 12:16PM
With Connecticut proposing to tax ammunition at a rate of 50%, any gun owner would be an idiot not to stock up. I guess that would mean I am an idiot, because when I did try to buy some to go to the range, they were sold out at every store I went to or called or checked on line for 9mm ammunition.
Feb 1, 2013 12:39PM
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 12:50PM
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 12:48PM
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 12:39PM
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 11:09AM
Anything or any reason to gouge the consumer.   Bullets to butter....
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