Gun shops are reporting a national ammunition drought caused by customers who fear gun-control legislation.
A Maryland store owner told USA Today that demand was rising before Obama's re-election, but "went crazy" after the president proposed an assault weapons ban in the wake of Sandy Hook. Another store owner from NC stated that "our store is 53 years old, and we have never seen anything like this."
It's easy to understand the rush to buy semi-automatic weapons, since they could be banned. Harder to account for is the shortage of every
type of ammunition. Gun stores cite rumors of background checks and higher taxes on ammunition as reasons why gun owners are stocking up. That would explain why some Bass Pro stores in Tennessee and Kentucky are completely out of handgun bullets and almost out of handguns, according to a Politix source.
The shortages could have consequences for law enforcement as well as gun owners. Colorado police report that they might have to cut back on training sessions at firing ranges because of a lack of bullets.
Via USA Today and Politix Reporting.