An ammunition shortage is still reportedly occurring across America. Gun shops are running low on vast varieties of ammo and are posting “out of stock” signs on bullets for popular weapons. The ongoing gun control debate and concerns over a ban prompted ammo prices to double in some regions.
Some guns and ammo retailers have placed limits on the number of packages a customer can buy. Shells for the 22-caliber long rifle are among the most difficult varieties of ammo to find, USA Today reports. The Gunbot.net website might tracks ammunition availability in real time.
Although the website does not boast all the bells and whistles which commonly attract viewers, it has become extremely popular in recent weeks. Gunot.net alerts gun owners to the availability of specific types of ammo and provides links to stores and other pertinent details necessary for purchasing.
The run on guns and ammo reportedly began after gun control proposals started flying around Washington D.C., after the Newtown massacre. Concerns about a ban of specific weapons and ammo, coupled with possible price increases are blamed for the current ammo shortage.
A release from the Hornady company about the ammo shortage reads:
“The current political climate has caused extremely high demand on all shooting industry products, including ours. Empty retail shelves, long backorders, and exaggerated price increases on online auctions sites, all fueled by rumors and conjecture, have amplified concerns about the availability of ammunition and firearms-related items.”
Gun manufacturers are working nearly around the clock to keep up with demand. The number of guns and ammo made this year is more than was made in 2012, Guns.com notes. The amount of ammunition and guns produced in 2012 was also reportedly more than made in the previous year.
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