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One response to Sandy Hook tragedy is ammo shortages

Published: Sun, April 14, 2013 @ 12:10 a.m.

[EDITOR'S NOTE — Due to an editing error, key paragraphs were omitted from the print version of this story. They have been restored to this online version.]

By Ed Runyan | runyan@vindy.com


A local firearms instructor and a local firearms dealer say all the talk about government attempts to reduce access to guns has caused a shortage of ammunition.

Joe Schoolcraft Burkey, who teaches a firearms class in Weathersfield that satisfies the requirements to obtain a carrying concealed weapons license, said it’s become nearly impossible to obtain what firearms users call a “brick” of bullets.

A brick generally is 10 boxes of 50 bullets.

He still is able to buy boxes of .22-caliber ammunition, the kind most generally used in his class, but the prices have doubled in recent months, he said.

Mike Miller Jr. of Miller Rod and Gun on Youngstown Poland Road, a firearms and ammunition dealer, said the availability of certain types of ammunition decreased shortly after the Sandy Hook tragedy in Connecticut.

It happened because many gun owners could see that the loudest voices calling for change were for gun control, not changes in the mental- health system.

“Within 24 to 48 hours, you couldn’t buy a gun anywhere in the country,” he said. Not long after that, ammunition distributors raised the price on a box of ammunition that used to be $4.35 up to $16.

People coming into Miller Rod and Gun sometimes blame stores like his for the higher prices, but his shop is passing on the higher prices that come from distributors, Miller said.

Something else that happened was that distributors used the higher demand for ammunition to link stores’ ammunition purchases to their purchase of other items that are not in high demand, such as holsters and other accessories.

Shops such as Miller Gun and Rod have to increase prices to cover the extra merchandise they have to buy to get the ammunition, Miller said.

Miller Rod and Gun still sells single boxes of ammunition in many of the common sizes, but it restricts the buyer to one box of each kind. And, that only applies to customers who have purchased that caliber gun from the shop, he said. When the supply is limited, the shop wants to take care of its good customers first, Miller said.

Employees of Miller Rod and Gun regularly hear from customers that one reason for the shortage is that the federal government is buying up massive amounts of ammunition. He doesn’t personally believe that.

“You’re always going to have that group of individuals who will grossly over-react,” he said. “They’ll grab their Bible and wait for the end.”

That’s not to say that the shortage is a hoax. “As far as the ammunition shortage, it’s real,” Miller said. “Across the country it’s the same situation.”


1glbtactivist(321 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Something does need to be done to stop these wacko's and their gun fetish. It sounds way too much like in Germany in the 1930's when the Nazi's used public paranoia to take over the country.

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2lee(544 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

So if I choose to have a gun i am a wacko? Have you heard of Ruby Ridge or Waco? And it was the Nazi's that registered and then confiscated the guns of the Jews, and we all know how well that turned out.

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3Photoman(1248 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Yes, it certainly does have a similarity to the past! One of the many things a dictator does is to disarm the people so that they can no longer strongly rebel. The people are then caught between an oppressive government and the criminal element with no one to protect them from either side. Now we have weapons but no ammunition as our government seems to have purchased more than 1.5 billion rounds of unneeded ammunition. Worry not about paranoi or fetishes; be concerned about public apathy and ignorance.

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4ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Something needs to be done to stop these busybodies who want to run the lives of others while their own is in shambles.

When did it become somehow correct to want to be defenseless? When did this perversion occur and why?

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5HappyBob(360 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Do you suppose that the NRA, GOA, IGOA, and their affiliates are stoking the " Obama's coming after your guns" paranoia?

Could a motivation to stir up that fear have anything to do with increasing revenue for the gun and ammunitions manufacturers?

Ammo cost increased by 400% says the article. Do you suppose that translates to bigger profits?

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6stewie(109 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

And the gun industry is laughing at these morons all the way to the bank! What a bunch of sheep!

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7redeye1(5663 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Flick and Stewie You two have to be the biggest morons if you believe the arsehole in the White House. Obammy is out to control us. When he does , don't come running to my house for me to help you. Because you will be up a creek without a paddle. Why do i say that , just look at OBAMMYCARE it was suppose to lower our costs.But all info out there says that up rates wil rise faster then ever.. In Ohio alone our rates are suppose to go up at 37 % according to the Gov't. . What a deal! HE lies everytime he opens his mouth. Enough said

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8excel(1307 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

GOOD! Now let's make the guns scarce!

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