As Worries Over Election Rise, A Surge Of Ammunition Orders Has Backlogged Production
With the election now less than two months away, people are starting to stock up on guns and ammunition as the anticipation of violence is seen as no longer possible, rather it is probable.
Ammunition makers are reporting a massive backlog and, in some cases, the shortage is so severe that gun owners may not be able to purchase ammunition off the shelves until next year.
Bearing Arms reports that at least one Arizona ammunition manufacturer, the Scottsdale, Arizona, based Ammo Incorporated, is “facing an $80.1 million backlog amid record demand for ammunition.”
“We’re working right now seven days a week, 24 hours a day in all the manufacturing plants,” the company’s CEO told media.
With the anticipation that violence will happen if Trump wins, or even if Biden wins, but not by the margin, the left is demanding. With riots becoming more hostile and showing a pattern of moving out to the suburbs, people are taking no chances.
Bearing Arms notes that the increase in ammunition sales has eclipsed even the increase in gun sales.
“According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the year has already seen a boom in gun purchases, up 95% in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period of 2019,” the outlet notes. “But ammo sales skyrocketed even higher, up 139% compared to 2019 during that same period.”
Ammo Incorporated’s CEO suggests that, initially, gun and ammunition purchases increased because of the coronavirus lockdowns. Fearing that help may not be on the way and that emergency services could be otherwise occupied, Americans armed themselves and stockpiled extra ammunition if it became unavailable. National unrest, though, has given rise to further security concerns, and the many anti-racist and anti-police protests that have given way to violence and looting have driven gun owners to purchase additional weapons and ammunition.
“The start was the pandemic that was going on. But there was always that fear of the election. Of who’s going to be elected of the next President of the United States,” he told media. “But thirdly, I think the unrest in this country right now. And as you’ve seen in a lot of cities, the looting and the burning, and I think people are just scared.”
The shortage of ammunition has gotten so severe that gun ranges are now limiting the amount of ammo that can be used; this was according to Nexstar Media, “We’ll limit them to one box of ammunition vs. the normal 300 to 500 rounds,” one gun range owner told the local media conglomerate.
If President Donald Trump does not win the November election, experts believe the demand for guns and ammunition could only increase, both out of fear of unrest and concern that a Democratic presidential administration will target gun rights.
It is hardly a surprise that fear is rising, Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, are billed as the most anti-gun candidates we have ever had leading for either party. The pair’s website notes they plan to ban all ‘assault weapons,’ they are also looking at stripping liability away from gun manufactures for criminal use of firearms. This could bankrupt the whole industry by opening gun and ammunition manufacturers for lawsuits for wrongful deaths of shooting victims.
It looks like the Biden camp is saying they don’t want to go after our 2nd Amendment. Still, by opening lawsuits against gun manufacturers for illegal use of weapons, he will shut down manufacturers and make it impossible for you or I to exercise our rights.
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