Sunday, July 19, 2009

High demand for bullets puts strain on manufacturers

When you see the title use the term "bullets" instead of "ammunition", you already know what you are going to get here...This so-called "article" is long on unsubstantiated speculation , and short on actual quantifiable facts. In short, the intent is to, again, portray gun-owners as "whackos", while giving the government a pass, despite the fact that the current administration is on the record as pushing forward to implement the same anti-gun actions this article paints as fantasy. Biased so-called "journalism" in your face as clearly anti-firearms...More of the usual... S9
Sales of semi-automatic guns have fallen sharply, but now it's the bullet manufacturers who can't keep up with demand. In most cases locally, however, retailers are experiencing no long-term, across-the-board shortages. "There are just more people that are panic-buying, and the manufacturers are going to keep smiling as long as they continue to do it," said Joan Garrett, who has sold guns and ammo at Quint's Sporting Goods in Saraland for 30 years. Politics and the economy are both are work, according to manufacturer representatives who've spoken to Garrett. They're unable to add capacity because of uncertain financing, she said, and because the government could "shoot them down with one stroke of the pen." The industry saw frenzied purchases of guns and ammunition shortly after Democrats triumphed in the 2008 election. Gun advocates worried that the party's gun-control wing would immediately move to pass a new ban on military-style rifles.
Local dealers agree the demand for the semi-automatic weapons — so-called "black guns" — has tumbled in the last two months. But demand for ammo remains. "It's been a combination of things," said Del Williamson, who owns Quint's. "It's a fact that the military and law enforcement are going to get their quotas, and with two wars going on, that takes a lot of inventory of certain military calibers like the .223 and .308 out of the market at home." Rumors spread via the Internet have also had an effect. "There's been talk of the government mandating that manufacturers put a code on each bullet or that they'll be forced to go to a short-shelf-life powder to prevent hoarding," he said....
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