Hornady, a major ammunition manufacturer in the U.S., says its sales have increased due to what it calls “the current political climate.” Consumers fear that guns and ammunition will soon be unavailable, and the empty store shelves reflect that.
“We absolutely are in uncharted territory,” said Larry Hyatt, whose family owns Hyatt Gun Shop in Charlotte, N.C. “Our store is 53 years old, and we have never seen anything like this.”
Since Obama’s reelection and the Newtown school shootings, gun manufacturers have been struggling with all of the new demand. Until recently, gun makers have been running near capacity for ten years, progressively increasing production as safely as possible.
Even police are scrambling to find ammunition, especially in Texas and Tennessee. Arming officers has also become an issue.
On Tuesday, gun supporters rallied at Pennsylvania capitol, propelling the Right to Bear Arms Act. Seven hundred and fifty showed up to rally support for the bill, and over 500 tickets were raffled for a chance to win a Smith and Wesson Bodyguard 380.
The nationwide shortage of ammunition was a topic in that day’s discussion.
“More and more people will demand a resolution to the problem.” State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe said, “That's the best deterrent to crime.”