By Russell D. Longcore
Stopped by my fave sporting goods/gun store, Adventure Outdoors, in Smyrna this morning. This is a 50,000 square foot store including a 17-lane indoor shooting range. I had heard from friends that the store’s ammo shelves were nearly empty…couldn’t believe it…had to see for myself. Stunning to see both the vacant shelves and the prices for the little bit of ammo they DID have. Example #1-Remington 12 gauge sabot slugs, 5 in a box for over $16. I used to spend $5 for the same box. Example #2- .308 Winchester cartridges, 20 in box, limit one box per customer. ONE.
Walked into the indoor shooting range…not one of the lanes was being used. I’ve been in this range facility when all lanes were in use and there was a waiting list. So the store was not realizing any revenue from people practicing their shooting skills. People are not stupid. If ammo is not readily available, you don’t go to the range and shoot up a few hundred rounds…you save what you have.
But the other thing I realized is that the blowback of the nationwide lack of ammo is that THOUSANDS of gun dealers will be forced out of business because of their lack of cash flow. I spoke to one of the store employees this morning, and that store has NO IDEA when they can expect shipments of ammo. It’s not like they are back-ordered with a confirmed ship date. How do you run a ammunition business without inventory? If you are a dealer that sells a lot of ammo, and you cannot get ammo from ANY source, there goes your business.
I wrote an article about this entitled “Ammo: Isn’t It Obvious?” at DumpDC.com. Here is a link to that article: Ammo: Isn’t It Obvious? I hate that my article was prophetic and correct.
One of my head-scratching questions lately has been about the One Billion rounds of ammo that the Department of Homeland Security bought recently. I am all in favor of free enterprise. And I am guessing that this ammo was manufactured by American munitions manufacturers. At some point, didn’t SOMEONE in the manufacturing companies question the morality of this sale? Didn’t the corporate officers wonder WHO the DHS was going to shoot these rounds at? Or was this simply such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cash in and morality be damned?
I have noted that many firearms manufacturers are now SAYING that they will refuse to do business with Feds and states that pass further gun sanctions. I’ll be more impressed when I see some major players like Remington move from the Northeast to a state like Texas.
Perhaps closed gun dealers IS one of the intended consequences! No sinister intention is too unbelievable for Washington DC. That is why SECESSION is the only solution for personal liberty and property rights in North America.
Who will be first to secede? My money’s on Texas!
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