Gun and ammunition sales have skyrocketed in the wake of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. As the nation debates putting stricter controls on weapon sales, gun owners are flocking to stores to stock up. Firearm accessories supplier Brownells said that it recently sold more than 3 years worth of ammo magazines in just 72 hours.
Peter Brownell, the president of the ammo supplier, said that his staff has been working overtime to fulfill the growing demand for ammunition. Brownells released a statement apologizing for anyone who has experienced a delay on their order saying that the company was experiencing "unprecedented sales."
Brownells writes on a web forum at AR15.com:
"I wanted to take a minute to shed some insight on the magazine situation if i can. First of all I wanted to offer an apology for the situation that Pacs and anyone else encountered with magazines being "In-Stock" and Backordered moments later. Cedjunior had it correct, the demand for magazines actually exceeded the ability for the system to keep up with the volume that was being ordered."Brownell explained that, in just 72 days, the store sold more magazines than it typically does in three years.
"To shed some more light on the magazine situation at present, it really has been unprecedented in the last 5 days. (Edit - Sorry guys, meant 72 hour period) we sold the 'average demand' equivalent of about 3 1/2 years worth of PMAGS, and an even greater amount of our Brownells magazines."Brownells, the world's largest supplier of firearms accessories, said that some companies have started to limit their offerings in order to keep up with the demand. A warning on the ordering page for one of Brownells magazine offerings, reads:
"Due to unprecedented demand levels Magpul is focusing their efforts on producing BLACK PMAGs for the foreseeable future. To expedite delivery of your order, we currently are only accepting additional backorders for BLACK 30 and 20 round PMAGs."Brownells, of course, isn't the only ammunition supplier to experience huge sales in the wake of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Rowdy Enderle, a gun store owner in Missouri, said that the "crazy rhetoric" about gun control has caused sales to go up 300%.
[EDIT: This article has been updated to correct an error. Brownells sold 3 years worth of ammo magazines, not ammunition, in just 72 hours.]