I know that even a few months ago, I could walk into a Wal Mart and buy a thousand rounds of .40 S&W or .45 ACP any time. Now I might find one box if I’m lucky.
Much of the demand comes from continued high law enforcement demand, the same demand that led to shortages two years ago. Police agencies around the nation have become more militarized in recent years and two trends within this militarization have led to greater police ammunition demand.
Do I have to say here that militarization of the civilian police force is a VERY bad idea?
But I doubt that there are enough police shooting enough ammo to cause the current shortage. Even if they do shoot thousands of rounds in training, there just aren’t enough cops to buy that much ammo.
As economies become unstable and people lose jobs, crime rates go up. It is an economic fact of life. Many people who are worried about an increase in crime arm themselves during economic downturns, leading to an increased demand for firearms and ammunition.
As a result of all of these factors, manufacturers of firearms and ammunition saw demand increase to unprecedented levels as civilians have made a run on the kind of firearms they suspect that gun control advocates presently in charge will try to outlaw.
I think that’s the real reason. Contrary to liberal beliefs, most people aren’t stupid. We know what is in charge of the government now and the half of the population that didn’t vote for socialism in America knows what’s coming. We’re stocking up.