Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Gun owners struggle to find ammo amid industry-wide shortage

HOUSTON—Gun enthusiasts started snatching up firearms all over the country after the presidential election.

That led to an industry-wide shortage in ammunition.

For customers looking to buy, it’s been a frustrating search.

“A lot of people are coming in and desperately searching for ammo, and not many places have it right now,” Jeff, the owner of the Shiloh Gun Range, said.

Gun shop owners say the demand for ammo is stripping supply – so much so they’re forced to take whatever they can get from their vendors.

The shortage may be real, but even gun shop owners say nothing in the law has changed.

So far, that is.

But lawmakers in a number of states, not including Texas, have proposed requiring identification codes on ammunition.

“The problem is, the cost per round per pullet will not only go up, think cents per round. It will be dollars per round,” Jim Pruett of Jim Pruett’s Guns and Ammo said.

“I think a lot of people are scared they’re not going to be able to get ammunition in the near future. So they are buying as much as they can right now,” Jeff said.

“Instead of one box or two boxes, which would be normal, they’d buy ten,” Pruett said.

Stocking up – just in case.

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