Dozens of people lined up Saturday outside Dunham’s Sports on Elida Road before the Lima store opened to get the first crack at a fresh shipment of ammo that came in the night before on the truck.
It’s a situation that’s been going on for a while.
“I would say most of 2020 and certainly it hasn’t slowed down in 2021, both with the pandemic and the election just in general, we’ve definitely seen a pretty big uptick and firearm sales, requests for training memberships, ammo sales, you name it, we’re definitely seeing a lot of it,” said Brad McCluer, vice president of operations at Midwest Shooting Center in Cridersville.
“It’s been going since last spring, to be honest with you as far as just selling everything,” said Mike Cherry, an employee at Cherry’s Outdoor World in Ottawa.
As far as the ammo shortage goes, Cherry says they’ve seen it across the board.
“Oh, it’s everything. It’s 9mm, 380, 22, 350 Legend, 450 Bushmaster, 38 Special, 357. Pretty much anything that’s cheap to shoot is gone,” Cherry said.
McCluer agrees that the shortage is affecting a wide range of ammo.
“Ammo in general has been short. Not that’s it’s not out there. It just is on a slow logistics train to get it back in the stores with several million new gun owners in the nation. If all of them each just bought one box of ammo, that’s naturally going to create a much bigger shortage than what we’ve seen in the past,” McCluer said.
As for the reasons for the shortage it comes down to supply and demand and uncertainty with what’s going on in the country.
“I think just general uncertainty and it was enough to kind of get anybody that was even remotely on the fence to go ‘You know what, maybe now’s a good time to invest in firearms and or self-protection.’ For whatever reason, it was personal to them,” McCluer said.
“A lot of my reps were telling me between COVID happening, they kept having to shut down the factories. So that kept putting them way behind. And then as far as orders go, like the mass number of orders that kept coming in, since stuff got hard to get, they’re having a hard time getting out of the hole catching up,” Cherry said.
Uncertainty over what the Biden administration might do to the 2nd Amendment is also a factor in increased sales of guns and ammo.
“Oh yeah, 100%. There’s a lot of unrest as far as what’s going to happen,” Cherry said. “I know, a lot of wholesaler reps, guys that have been selling stuff for like the last 25 to 30 years. They said this is probably the worst they’ve ever seen it. They said like running back (to) Obama when he got elected and stuff like Sandy Hook 2012-13. They said this is 10 times bigger than what they’re seeing as far as sales and stuff.”
Cherry says there’s also concern about the government making ammo unaffordable.
“Some of them are worried they’re going tax ammo so they’re trying to just get ammo before it gets taxed heavily. They want to buy as much as they can. You want as much as you can get,” Cherry said.
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