Ammunition shortage is “uncharted territory”

The shelves are empty. It is even getting hard to find .22 LR. Where has it all gone?

[R]etailers say much of the demand is from gun owners who are stockpiling in case certain weapons are banned, who believe that economic chaos may be coming, or who are driven by rumors of inevitable background checks or rising taxes on ammunition. Gun sellers and owners say a run on ammunition began shortly after President Obama was re-elected, and has intensified in the gun-violence debate since the December mass killing of 20 children and six adults at a school in Newtown, Conn.

“We absolutely are in uncharted territory,” said Larry Hyatt, of the family-owned Hyatt Gun Shop in Charlotte, N.C.. “Our store is 53 years old, and we have never seen anything like this. We have had some spot shortages and busy gun times in the past. This is a level (of demand) never before seen.”

He adds: “The political turmoil is intensifying it. People feel like this administration is very anti-gun, and they are going for the legal gun owner.” Among the rumors he hears, he says, are that taxes on ammunition are going up and that background checks for ammunition purchases are coming.

If people are buying up and hoarding tens of thousands of rounds, is there really a shortage? Discuss.

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7 Responses to Ammunition shortage is “uncharted territory”

  1. Flatearther says:

    If a bear shits in the woods does it smell?

    If you actually shoot your guns then it matters, as you cannot replace the ammo you are using.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Over the past several years, several people I know have been buying ammo at a rate far greater than the rate at which they consume it.

      • notamobster says:

        Yeah, I think I may know a few who could possibly open an ammunition store. Before I got rid of mine ;-) I could have maybe opened an ammunition stand.

  2. BigJimTX says:

    There are those that are just arriving to the hoarding party and for them there is a shortage. It’s almost like preppers looking at people shopping at empty shelved stores and saying “shortage, what shortage?”

    I don’t have as much as I want but I never will. I refuse to pay the prices now, as I’m sure they’ll go back down just like 4 years ago.

  3. thebronze says:

    I believe that part of the shortage is the .gov

    I think they may have either bought 1.4 billion rounds of ammo to either be a) prepared for what’s going to come and/or b) to take all that ammo off the market, so that we can’t buy it.

  4. notamobster says:

    I, for one, am good for a very long time…. um, cause I don’t have guns anymore. Yeah.

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