TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– As the country experiences a firearms ammunition shortage it has become difficult for firearm stores to sell and customers to find ammunition.
According to Steve Ellis, CEO for Top Guns shop and range, this is the highest demand for ammunition has seen in all his years of the business.
One of the main reasons for the shortages in ammunition is linked to covid-19. Once the government closed down and most of the country went on quarantine, sales began to skyrocket.
“As soon as they announced the shutdown for the economy, we started seeing ammo sales just spike up immediately and it hasn’t stopped since,” said Ellis. “There’s been nothing that we have encountered, that I’ve encountered in all my years in business that I have seen this type of demand for product.”
At Top Guns, Ellis says they will inform customers through email of a ammunition release so they can be prepared.
Though 9mm is the most sought after, .22 caliber ammunition has been the hardest to get and to get hands on that type of ammunition can lead to long lines for ammunition releases.
“The gun world has changed drastically over the last year. It’s almost impossible. You’re going to wait in long lines,” said Terre Haute Resident Jay Dorman.” I’ve seen lines of two and 300 people in front of stores waiting for firearms. I’ve seen it at gun shows. A lot of the ammo pricing has had an inflation.”
Not only has it been difficult for firearms customers to get their hands on ammunition but it has also been difficult for firearm stores as well.
“With the current shortage in ammunition, what a lot of retailers have had to do in the firearms industry is we’ve had to adjust exactly how we allocate the items that are coming in,” said Ellis. “There’s a few things that are going on. One of which is we have to offer the distributor’s and or even the manufacturer’s a premium to get that allocations.
The shortage looks to cause an issue for new firearms owners. Ellis told MyWabashValley.com that without question more firearms have been sold over the past few months than any time in the history of the firearms industry.