Ammo Shortage Drags on As Gun Control Debate Heats Up -

Ammo Shortage Drags on As Gun Control Debate Heats Up

By Graeme Moore

Where can you buy 1,000 rounds for your favorite .22, .38, or .45-caliber pistol these days? Or what about a few hundred rounds for your 9-millimeter? The likely answer: nowhere.

What's becoming a national shortage of ammunition is only getting worse as the debate over gun control continues, and people across the Upstate are finding it increasingly difficult to buy ammunition. 

Sam Edwards, a marine veteran and avid gun sportsman, said he's called around to a number of big box stores looking for ammunition, only to be told they're out or either rationing what they sell.

At The Firing Line in Spartanburg, co-owner Johnny Horton said they've still got some ammunition, but he's having to limit how much he can sell to customers to be fair.

Some of his orders from vendors across the country are on back-order for several months. One shipment isn't expected until November.

So what's causing the shortage? Horton says supply and demand is driving the problem, but manufacturers, too, are having trouble getting supplies to make the bullets. Plus, he says, they're finding it hard to keep up with such strong demand.

"It's not as bad on the West Coast," Horton said, "so we're able to buy some [ammunition] from vendors there."

As The State newspaper reported Thursday morning, several big box stores in the Midlands displayed signs that warned customers that bullets were being rationed.

Horton says as long as the gun control continues, and as long as people fear their second amendment rights are being infringed, the shortage will continue. But he says people are likely overreacting in some cases and don't need to hoard thousands of bullets.

As soon as the debate calms down, Horton said, gun owners should be able to return to easily finding ammunition.


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