KIMT NEWS 3 – Last week,gun control advocates suffered a major defeat in Washington when the U.S. Senate voted down a plan for expanded gun background checks.
But even with that news, gun owners are stockpiling certain types of ammunition.
Worth County Conservation Board Director, Dean Mueller is a bit of a gun enthusiast
But he’s been noticing a trend he isn’t liking very much, when it comes to getting ammunition
Mueller said, “A lot of people I guess are just hoarding it, because they’re afraid it’s going to cost them a lot more or they wont be able to get it down the road.”
He says the handgun and rifle ammo shortage is happening for a few reasons.
He said, “Prices are absolutely ridiculous. 22 shells by the brick have gone from $22 to $90-100.”
But cost is the last thing on some people’s minds.
Hart Bros. Weaponry Owner, Kemlin Hart said “Now when it gets low, people are worried about stock-piling, so instead of buying a box of 2, they’re buying 10 or 12 if they can.”
Local gun shop owner, Kemlin Hart says he can barely keep ammo on the shelves for guns like 9 millimeters and 38 calibers.
Once he gets some in stock, it’s gone in a flash.
Hart said, “Back when everything was still day-to-day, no problem, I might go through a case or 223′s a week. We went through 50,000 rounds which is 50 cases of it in less than 24 hours.”
Normally the shelves are stacked high and deep with handgun ammo, but they’re looking pretty sparse, and it’s been like this for months.
Hart said, “There’s no forecasting for us, if we get it it’s great, if we don’t we’re still struggling.”
One thing’s for sure, getting ammo hasn’t been this tough in years. It seems like a never-ending battle of supply and demand.
Hart said, “There are still some guys who give me “What do you mean you’re out of ammo?” We get a lot of guys who come in once or twice a day, just to see what trucks have come in. A lot of people asking what the schedule is like, if there is a set schedule.”
Though the future of tougher gun laws in uncertain, gun and rifle enthusiasts are just hoping things improve.
Mueller said, “The gun craziness isn’t gonna go away, people are going to shoot regardless, but if we stay status quo on the laws, the prices are going to come down and people are going to get over their scare of trying to stockpile ammunition and it’ll go back to business as normal.”