Gun sale boom
This is a discussion on Gun sale boom within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; This thread title is the front page headline in the Shreveport Times issue on April 17, 2009. Article is below:
April 17, 2009
Arms, ammo ...
April 20th, 2009 12:11 PM
Gun sale boom
This thread title is the front page headline in the Shreveport Times issue on April 17, 2009. Article is below:
April 17, 2009
Arms, ammo shortages spurred by political fears
By Jimmy Watson
Fears that the Obama administration will increase taxes on ammunition and make it more difficult to purchase weapons in the future have not only spurred sales nationally but sent sales through the roof in the Shreveport and Bossier City area.
"I never seen anything like this in my 28 years in business," said Gene Mock, of Ron's Guns in Bossier City. "It's almost like rationing of ammo, with buyers purchasing an entire case of certain calibers when it comes in."
Shreveporter Becky Warren, 72, recently completed a Caddo Parish sheriff's office gun course to learn to shoot her late husband's .357 Magnum.
"It seems like there is more and more crime going on, and the views of the people in Washington may make it harder to own guns and ammo," Warren said. "I've been scared to death of the gun for all these years, but the course, taught by Capt. Kenny Sanders and his men, did everything it was supposed to do. Now I'm comfortable with it."
The White House is vowing more enforcement of gun laws. But it is not pursuing a promise Obama made as a candidate: a ban on assault-style weapons, according to an Associated Press story Thursday.
That ban on military-style guns became law during the Clinton administration in 1994 but expired under the Bush administration in 2004.
When Attorney General Eric Holder raised the idea of reinstating the ban this year, opposition from Democrats and Republicans emerged quickly.
Reopening the debate on gun rights is apparently a fight the White House does not want to take on right now.
"I think that there are other priorities that the president has," press secretary Robert Gibbs said this week.
Still, even national chains, like Academy Sports + Outdoors, which has outlets in Shreveport and Bossier City, have seen brisk sales and a shortage of supplies as Americans take advantage of their Second Amendment rights.
"The suppliers have to satisfy their military contracts first, which contributes to the shortage," said Academy Executive Vice President Robert Frennea. "Some of it also is probably paranoia, while some people are purchasing weapons to resell at a profit at a later date."
Whatever the reasons, the fears are putting more money in the pockets of gun vendors and gun show operators, like Walter Hern, who had 175 booths at his Bossier City Civic Center show a couple of weeks ago.
"In the past six to eight months, we have seen four years' worth of stuff sold," Hern said. "We're expecting an even bigger show in August. We had 2,500 attend the last show and all of the vendors were happy with what they sold."
Because of his own fears, Bossier City's Damian Rodriguez, 26, recently purchased a Glock 23 (approximately $550), his second 40-caliber weapon, and one with compact dimensions for open and concealed carry.
"I carry it for personal defense because it has knock-down power," Rodriguez said. "The talk is that they will ban semiautomatic weapons or put taxes on them so high that you can't afford it. I figure you better get it while you can."
Some of the spike in gun sales has been sparked by Internet rumors, according to experts. Hern said the hardest to find ammo for is the 9 mm pistol, .45 pistol, .223 rifle and .308 rifle.
He said attendance at his April gun show was up significantly despite competition from a larger show in Tulsa, Okla.
"Tulsa had a show at a 114-acre facility with 3,900 booths that attracted 35,000 people," Hern said. "In the past six to eight months we've sold four years worth of stuff (guns, ammo, etc. "»)."
Mike Guillotte, 23, of Bossier City, owns a .22 pistol but is avidly searching for a moderately priced, higher-caliber pistol for personal protection.
"The .22 is a target gun, so I want something to better protect myself," Guillotte said. "I expect prices to go higher and weapons to be harder to get under the current administration."
Stephen Huber recently purchased a hunting rifle but has been out of luck in seeking ammo for his 9 mm and .38 special pistols.
"I've been to Bass Pro (Shops) and Academy and everything is sold out," Huber said. "When you see it, you better get it."
Rodriguez has been shopping area sporting good stores regularly looking for .40-caliber ammo without a lot of success.
"I was in one store recently and saw a guy grab a handful of boxes of .40-caliber and take it to the register. I thought he was through, but he came back and got what was left," Rodriguez said. "At $30 to $35 per box, he had about 20 boxes. Whenever I find it, I get it."
Frennea said Internet blogs and increased media coverage have contributed to the rush on guns and ammo.
"You have '20-20' do a story, then '60 Minutes' follows up with a story. That increases the awareness," Frennea said. "It makes a concern by consumers that maybe I should go out and buy more."
100 million checks
The FBI earlier this month announced the completion of the 100 millionth instant background check since the beginning of the program 10 years ago, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation Web site. That figure corresponds with a 27 percent increase in firearm sales for the first quarter of 2009 over the same quarter last year. FBI background checks are required under federal law for anyone buying firearms from federally licensed retailers.
April 20th, 2009 12:42 PM
This is getting ridiculous. People need to relax and leave some ammo for others as well. The sky isn't going to fall down tomorrow. I had to drive all over town before I finally found someone with 20 boxes of 9mm for $13.45. Did I buy all 20 boxes? I could of but I decided not to and left some for other people as well. We need to stop feeding into this hype and relax.
April 20th, 2009 03:11 PM
April 20th, 2009 06:05 PM
This is my favorite part of the article. Sure there is hoarding and panic buying going on right now, but those purchases are sending a message to Congress. Of course we can't ever let purchases alone do our talking for us, but I'm at least glad to see a strong public interest.
Originally Posted by ppkheat
April 20th, 2009 06:53 PM
The other day I was pleasantly surprised to find 9mm ammo at our local WW. The salesman was shocked that I wasn't buying all of it. I made it clear to what had turned into quite a few other people waiting for ammo as well, that I was leaving "some for the next guy". More than one person made it clear that they wished everyone would do the same.
Originally Posted by Mike78
Then, the next guy in line bought it all at once.
NRA Life Member
April 20th, 2009 09:46 PM
I scored on some ammo a couple weeks ago. I said I'd just take a couple boxes and leave some for the next guy.
The sales guy said he liked what I said and he gave me a discount.
April 20th, 2009 10:10 PM
The last gun shop I visited had one carton of SD .38's (10 boxes of 50) 500 rounds...what did I do? Well of course, I bought the carton, why not?
I'm recognized by name when I enter the shop and I got a discount, too!
The sales guy likes me, and said that if I didn't pick it up, the next guy would. I guess it's all timing.
Proverbs 27:12 says: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”
Certified Glock Armorer
NRA Life Member
April 20th, 2009 10:22 PM
A local security and police supply store here was well stocked with WWB .38 Specials, but only had maybe 12 boxes of Fiocchi 9mm, but were down to 10 after I grabbed two boxes. I am still able to find small quantities of 9mm, and I see quite a bit of .45 Auto and .40 S&W. I guess folks here have what they need, or maybe the frenzy isn't as active up here in The Last Frontier.
USMC rule # 23 of gunfighting: Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
I am the God fearing, gun toting, flag waving conservative you were warned about!
April 20th, 2009 10:23 PM
Their clothing was made from what comes from within, and when the sun was high, it withered and hid nothing.
Originally Posted by Mike78
I've looked into their eyes, and found they had no soul, then their flesh began to fall off of them. Their selfishness and greed left a mark upon them....a mark for everyone else to see but they themselves as they had become blind, and I found to my amazement that in the midst of their cries of agony, I myself had become deaf.
April 21st, 2009 04:06 AM
I just cast bullets for whatever I'm shooting whether it's 9mm,40,45,38,and I got 4500 223 bullets and lots of brass primers and powder,for about 50,000 rounds after that I'm hoping prices on reloading components have leveled off and are available
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
--Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .
April 21st, 2009 08:25 AM
Two things are very interesting about the article: one is the people's obvious fear and distrust of their government, and two their response is to buy guns and ammo.
If we were to look ahead in time, say 3 years, and find the economy has stabilized and recovered some, I wonder if the focus on gun control would return to the forefront?
I'm too young to be this old!
Getting old isn't good for you!
April 21st, 2009 09:27 AM
Originally Posted by Mike78
"I dislike death, however, there are some things I dislike more than death. Therefore, there are times when I will not avoid danger" Mencius"
April 21st, 2009 11:59 AM
Last time I saw .40 at WW, There were 6-100ct boxes. I got 3 and left 3, for someone else. Havent seen it since, and I am amazed at WW price compared to range's double mark up. I hope the end of this is near.
CHP holder. EDC G27. I support VCDL, so glad to have them fighting for my rights.
April 21st, 2009 12:20 PM
You can take that to the bank!
Originally Posted by Tangle
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”.... Albert Einstein
April 21st, 2009 12:42 PM
I buy as much of it as I can afford at the time. If that is all they have, I buy it.
No, Im not sorry for doing that.
Having typed that, more often than not Im able to leave some for others as funds do not allow me to buy it all.
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