Bullet and ammo makers are working around the clock, seven days a week, and still can’t keep up with the nation’s demand for ammunition.
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.
Gun dealers are seeing record sales but so far, the administration nor Congress has not been markedly antigun. The President has said he respects Second Amendment rights, but favors “common sense” on gun laws. Still, worries about what could happen persist.
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Gun Sales Spike as 100,000th Concealed Carry Permit Printed
The Department of Justice expected to process 125,000 applications after one year, but nearly reached that number just six months after the law was enacted.
When Legal Gun Sales Become Illegal
Memphis, Tn – Federal agents say firearms trafficking is a tricky crime that arms gangs and criminals with guns. They say it’s a big problem in the Mid-South.
Congressman pressures ATF for hassling gun stores
An Alaska Congressman has put the pressure on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) for what he termed “hassling” gun stores in his state.
U.S. Congressman Don Young, R-Alaska, sent a letter to the ATF two days ago stating that he has heard from several gun store owners who are complaining that the agency is harassing them to turn over their bound books containing the records of gun and ammunition purchases, the customers’ names and addresses, and their official background checks.
Gun sales up, some manufacturers not taking orders
Technologies that more people want to get their hands on, creating a huge demand for tactical rifles and high-end handguns.
“Where I used to be able to get one of these custom made for a customer in a three to four month span of time, these are now a year to two year waiting period to get,” said Sportsman’s Finest firearms general manager August Crocker.
Some manufacturers are going as far as not taking orders.
“That is really a first for as long as I’ve been in the gun business,” Crocker said. “Key manufacturers, Ruger, a number of the others, have announced they are so saturated with back orders for this year, they’re not taking any further back orders.”
It’s not just tactical weapons that are hard to come by; even a Smith and Wesson will take about a year to come in. Dealers say it has everything to do with the fact that this is 2012.
Judge throws out ban on online ammo sales
Gun rights supporters won a major legal victory last week when a California judge struck down as unconstitutional a law that they say would have effectively banned online sales of handgun ammunition just days before it was to have taken effect.
Given the sheer size of the California market, the law would have had a major impact on national online ammunition sales, and some online ammo sites had already suspended sales to California.
While gun rights advocates cheered the decision, which came amid heightened focus on gun control issues in the wake of the Arizona shooting spree, supporters of the law say ammo sales are dangerously unregulated. And they say they have evidence that millions of rounds of ammunition are illegally sold to convicted felons every year.
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