Regulation & ammo shortage
I bought a new S&W J-frame a few weeks back, and I have yet to find any ammo for it in the Houston area. I've been to five different Walmarts, three numerous times, an Academy, and a Bass Pro. Those are the only sources of ammunition for a community of 100,000. In all those visits, I found virtually no pistol ammo and very little rifle ammo. I've seen lots of off the cuff explanations about demand, but I'm having difficulty accepting that it's just excess demand. Seems to me the problem is much more systemic.
I'm curious what effect overall regulation is having. I suspect that regulation has the effect of reducing the number of suppliers that can compete and discouraging importation or add-on production during a nationwide shortage like we're having now. I was wondering if anyone can help me understand how regulations would affect a would be startup manufacturer from the ground up, or how regulation would affect a startup importer in the same way.
Let's say I wanted to become a small producer to supply my community of 100,000, or let's say I wanted to try and import for the same customer base. What would be the total impact of regulation, at all levels, to cost, time, effort, and even feasibility?