Gun Store Owners: Ammo Shipments Are Not Even Making It To Shelves

Thursday, March 28, 2013
By Paul Martin

Customers “are buying up everything”

Steve Watson
March 28, 2013

Gun store owners say they have never experienced anything like the demand for firearms and ammunition that they are currently witnessing in the wake of a renewed government push for gun control.

Owners at Blue Steel Guns & Ammunition in Raytown, Miami told The Miami Herald that customers were so hungry for ammo that they couldn’t even stack shelves with fresh supplies before they had all been bought.

“They never even made it to the shelves,” said owner Steve Brackeen. “We just had enough time to slap a price on them and sell. And we ran out before everybody in line got some.”

Brackeen noted that customers knew shipments arrived on Fridays and that a crowd had formed in anticipation of the delivery truck arriving.

The shop sold 60 boxes of .22-caliber and 9 mm ammunition, totaling thousands of rounds, in just 18 minutes. Brackeen added that while customers are waiting for the ammo to arrive, “they are buying up everything” in his shop.

Other gun store owners quoted in the report noted that individual customers are calling up asking to buy all the ammunition that the stores can procure.

“We haven’t got any .22 calibers — we’re out,” one store owner told reporters. “I don’t know who has any. Anytime anyone gets some, customers buy ’em up within a day.” The store owner also noted that a brick of 500 .22s have increased in price from $18 to $70 in just three months.

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