bullet makers can't keep up with demand


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NEW ORLEANS — Bullet-makers are working around the clock, seven days a week, and still can’t keep up with the nation’s demand for ammunition.
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Shooting ranges, gun dealers and bullet manufacturers say they have never seen such shortages. Bullets, especially for handguns, have been scarce for months because gun enthusiasts are stocking up on ammo, in part because they fear President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress will pass antigun legislation — even though nothing specific has been proposed and the president last month signed a law allowing people to carry loaded guns in national parks.

Gun sales spiked when it became clear Obama would be elected a year ago and purchases continued to rise in his first few months of office. The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System reported that 6.1 million background checks for gun sales were issued from January to May, an increase of 25.6 percent from the same period the year before.

“That is going to cause an upswing in ammunition sales,” said Larry Keane, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association representing about 5,000 members. “Without bullets a gun is just a paper weight.”

The shortage for sportsmen is different than the scarcity of ammo for some police forces earlier this year, a dearth fueled by an increase in ammo use by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We are working overtime and still can’t keep up with the demand,” said Al Russo, spokesman for North Carolina-based Remington Arms Company, which makes bullets for rifles, handguns and shotguns. “We’ve had to add a fourth shift and go 24-7. It’s a phenomenon that I have not seen before in my 30 years in the business.”

Americans usually buy about 7 billion rounds of ammunition a year, according to the National Rifle Association. In the past year, that figure has jumped to about 9 billion rounds, said NRA spokeswoman Vickie Cieplak.

Jason Gregory, who manages Gretna Gun Works just outside of New Orleans, has been building his personal supply of ammunition for months. His goal is to have at least 1,000 rounds for each of his 25 weapons.

“I call it the Obama effect,” said Gregory, 37, of Terrytown, La. “It always happens when the Democrats get in office. It happened with Clinton and Obama is even stronger for gun control. Ammunition will be the first step, so I’m stocking up while I can.”

So far, the new administration nor Congress has not been markedly antigun. Obama has said he respects Second Amendment rights, but favors “common sense” on gun laws. Still, worries about what could happen persist.

Demand has been so heavy at some Walmarts, a limit was imposed on the amount of ammo customers can buy. The cutoff varies according to caliber and store location, but sometimes as little as one box — or 50 bullets — is allowed.

At Barnwood Arms in Ripon, Calif., sales manager Dallas Jett said some of the shortages have leveled off, but 45-caliber rounds are still hard to find.

“We’ve been in business for 32 years and I’ve been here for 10 and we’ve never seen anything like it,” Jett said. “Coming out of Christmas everything started to dry up and it was that way all through the spring and summer.

Nationwide, distributors are scrambling to fill orders from retailers.

“We used to be able to order 50 or 60 cases and get them in three or four days easy, it was never an issue,” said Vic Grechniw of Florida Ammo Traders, a distributor in Tampa, Fla. “Now you are really lucky if you can get one case a month. It just isn’t there because the demand is way up.”

A case contains 500 or 1,000 bullets.

At Jefferson Gun Outlet and Range in Metairie just west of New Orleans, owner Mike Mayer is worried individuals are going to start buying by the case.

“If someone wants to shoot on the weekend you have to worry about having the ammunition for them. And I know some people aren’t buying to use it at the range, they’re taking it home and hoarding it.”

With demand, prices have also risen.

“Used to be gold, but now lead is the most expensive metal,” said Donald Richards, 37, who was stocking up at the Jefferson store. “And worth every penny.”

Even in this report, I cannot help but notice how the common theme is "why all the fuss? there's nothing to worry about. bHo isn't after your guns!"

Anti's are so blind to what's actually going on in this world they're moronic.

"bHo singed a bill (NOT just last month but quite a few months ago) allowing you carry loaded guns in naitonal parks!" What more do you want?... Big whoop! Only because it was attached to HIS credit card reform bill... not because he WANTS us to carry in national parks.

But I love how they miss what is likely the most critical aspect of their own news story. "Why?" Why are gun owners stockpiling ammo? Again, the anti's are blind and foolish to what's going on in this adminstration - and it's NOT just because they're anti-gun Democrats. The agenda of this administration is nothing short of evil. IMHO.
I'm sooooooo glad I bought up the equipment to cast bullets. It's even hard to find components right now. I buy up primer and powder as I find it and have enough on hand to keep me comfortable. It's such a huge plus to be able to just sit down at the reloading bench and pump out a couple hundred rounds when you need them.

I still can not believe with gun sales and ammo through the roof, Tea parties, marches, packed town hall meetings, ect that government doesn't realize the people are not happy. Then again sometime I have a feeling that the government is more "for them" then "for the people".
Better buy all you can when you can. With Obama in office you never know when it will become illegal to buy ammo or when you might have to have the "mark of the beast" to get it.
Better buy all you can when you can. With Obama in office you never know when it will become illegal to buy ammo or when you might have to have the "mark of the beast" to get it.

Actually, I think he’s having a positive effect on the pro-gun sentiment in the USA now...Not sure that was his intention…
Need to get more honest, hard working, blue and white collar people to apply for permits. I read an article in the June Newsweek magazine in which the FBI has reported seeing a 30% increase in the number of background checks for firearms license applications, beginning in the November time frame… I think the country as a whole can see the writing on the wall. The good thing here, the more gun owners that we have voting on gun related issues the better we all stand to keep and possibly expand upon our rights…Any thoughts?
A little off topic, but indeed we are seeing a huge surge in public support for gun ownership and self-defense rights. Part of it is driven by Obama, but not all. I think the economy is adding to the trend of gun ownership and support for everyone's 2nd amendment rights.

For me, it's been a bit of a re-introduction to the hobby. My main reason for purchasing my first firearm about a year and a half ago was for entertainment. I used the Bush tax rebate to buy myself a rifle. Since then, I've seen an increase in crime in nearby areas. I've seen the economy decline to the point where I may have to hunt to survive if things break down. I purchased guns more suited to hunting large game and self-defense and taken steps to educate myself about such endeavors.

I picked a bad time to get into the world of firearms, but I've been able to keep myself stocked well enough to gain some basic proficiency and still have some ammo for "real world usage."

Back on topic: The local stores have more on the shelf than they have in many months. This week the local Wally World had bulk packs of .223, .38spl, .45acp, .40sw, and 9mm. I haven't seen anything but the bulk pack of .223 for a long time. They had .357sig and several boxes of .44mag which have both been very scarce as well. It looks to me like the ammo shortage is coming to an end. People are finally getting tired of having 25,000 rounds of ammo sitting in the corner. As for me, I can't wait to find some more reasonably priced .308 and get back down to the range.
I have noticed the gun shops around here are starting to get ammo, and I'm seeing cases of .223 and 7.62x39 dropping to half-way reasonable prices on the internet. But the local Wal-Mart still doesn't have barely anything on the shelves. It's kinda odd, alot of people buy thier ammo from Wal-Mart around here, but they suddenly stop stocking it???
Emailed Sierrra Bullets just the other day,according to the email I recieved they are making 4.5 million to 4.8 million bullets a week! And they are still way behind! obama is the best gun salesman EVER! I just hope Sierra catches up soon,and CCI too!
The local Walmarts in my area have been ok with keeping some ammo. CCI 22LR for the Mosquito and 38 special for the 357 at the range. The local guy I buy personal defense ammo from has a good selection, but has had times when shipments were late. Yahoo.com had a ammo shortage report on the main page a few days back. The down side is it's getting expensive. They know we're all looking for it.
the article says obama supports our 2A rights... have they taken a look at his voting record at all I wonder? what he says and what he means are 2 totally different things.

at the local wal mart here they have actually had .40 on the shelf for days... that's right.. days.. and last time I went in I thought they would be all gone.. but they had more than the time before! now if the rest of the calibers can catch up with that.

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