Ammo and Gun Supplies Continue Dwindling

Gun owners are finding themselves unable to reload, as shops struggle to restock.

Posted: Aug 27, 2020 9:35 PM
Updated: Aug 28, 2020 7:15 AM

Supply shortages are infringing on Second Amendment rights.

Current and future gun owners are unable to reload as shops struggle to re-stock.

The biggest stories of the year have left shelves bare: first COVID-19, then civil unrest, leaving ammo and guns difficult to find.

Even if sales come to a screeching halt, it could be months before the shelves are stocked.

"Business has been great, yeah! The guns and ammo sales have been really good," said Chris Miller, an owner at Frank Miller and Son Bait & Sporting Goods store in Owensboro.

But, it comes with a catch, as Miller adds:

"We've run out of a lot of our guns and ammo, and it's really hard to get them."

The store is down to their last two boxes of 9mm ammunition, and they are holding them in reserve for whomever makes their first or next gun purchase there.

But no matter the caliber, there’s not a lot of selection left.

In March, there were full racks and cases at the store. Now, for both ammunition and firearms, short supply is running dry.

Miller says there are multiple factors driving the Second Amendment Shortage.

"What's happened is people bought so heavy on guns and ammo right when the pandemic first started, that everybody sold way, way down on their inventory. Manufacturers were trying to build product, they just can't get caught up. Now with the all the social unrest, people are a little uneasy with that. So they're trying to buy all the guns and ammo they can."

That's the case not only in Kentucky, but in Illinois:

"I mean I can't call a retailer or wholesalers and say, 'Hey, send me 500 cases of 9 millimeter. They don't have it," said store owner Paul Smith.

And in Indiana:

"A lot of people that were first time buyers came in and said they never ever considered buying a gun before until now," commented store owner Dough Rhude.

And across the nation, where uncertain times also means an uncertain future for current and potential gun owners.

As for when stock will start returning back to normal?

Chris Miller doesn't think it will happen until after the election.

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