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Stores Running Out of Guns and Bullets
WWMT-TV ^ | April 5, 2009

Posted on 04/05/2009 6:38:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - A gun ban seems to be on the minds of many these days.

Many viewers have started to notice a shortage of guns and ammunition. And stores all over Kalamazoo say concealed weapons are flying off the shelves. Most blame the change in politics in Washington, D.C.

The FBI performed more than a million background checks in the three months after the election than it did the previous year. Stores in Kalamazoo say they're trying to keep up.

"These aren't the general style tactical weapons this one's a little different," said Gander Mountain employee, Matt Wing.

It's not surprising to Wing that customers come in looking for semiautomatic weapons.

"This is one of the main weapons people are concerned they're not going to be able to use. This style the black rifles," said Wing.

It's an assault weapon and so many who want to own one are concerned President Barack Obama's administration could impose a new ban on some semiautomatic weapons.

But Wing says it's not just the big weapons. The small Ruger pistol is flying off the shelves too. And ammunition for all guns is short at most stores around the country.

"With the elections a lot of people are coming in to buy ammo thinking it's going to disappear and that they're not going to have them anymore," said Wing.

In fact some who sell guns say they haven't seen a run on guns and ammo since in 40 years. Owners telling us it's awfully difficult to tell customers they have to wait days, perhaps weeks to get a bullet.

"Sometimes I can get it in a couple of days or maybe in a couple of weeks depending on the ammunition. It really depends," said Wing.

And experts say other concerns fueling gun and ammunition sales are the faltering economy and the side-effect of an increase in crime.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: agenda; assaultjournalism; awb; banglist; bho2009; bho44; bhobanglist; congress; firearms; michigan; obama
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I assume that the individual that wrote this article has never held a firearm in their life, or attended a class beyond 3rd grade, for that matter.
1 posted on 04/05/2009 6:38:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
And stores all over Kalamazoo say concealed weapons are flying off the shelves

How do they find them?

2 posted on 04/05/2009 6:39:12 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Freedom's Fortress")
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To: neodad

Ha ha! I was thinking the same thing.


3 posted on 04/05/2009 6:40:09 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (The War on Poverty is over. Poverty won. - Howie Carr)
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To: neodad

LOL!

You know, I was wondering the same thing. If it’s out in the open, how is it a “concealed” weapon?

They must mean small weapons.


4 posted on 04/05/2009 6:41:54 PM PDT by Winstons Julia
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To: neodad

I’m so glad I FReep! 8)


5 posted on 04/05/2009 6:42:25 PM PDT by HotLead61 (Death as a Free Man is much preferred to "life" as a slave)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
And stores all over Kalamazoo say concealed weapons are flying off the shelves.

I have got to go to Kalamazoo. Stores that make statements? Wow? And holy-flying-concealed weapons! If the weapons are concealed, how do the stores know they are flying off the shelves? Whatever the case, I want a stealth technology weapon.
6 posted on 04/05/2009 6:42:44 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
J 'school'  
7 posted on 04/05/2009 6:43:52 PM PDT by tomkat (grow your ohms)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I went to a local Dick’s sporting goods and they had no shortage of anything... are these hyped up stories to detract from an Obama gun grab?


8 posted on 04/05/2009 6:43:59 PM PDT by Mr. K (physically unable to proofreed (<---oops))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How come I picture Janene Grafolo wrote that


9 posted on 04/05/2009 6:44:13 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...wait days, perhaps weeks to get a bullet.

LOL.

Customer: "I'll take 10, please."

Whippersnapper Journalism Graduate behind the counter:"Bullets?"

10 posted on 04/05/2009 6:44:32 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If things go bad (or should I say worse?) with the economy, it’s going to be a LONG HOT SUMMER in the “Land of the Free”...


11 posted on 04/05/2009 6:46:16 PM PDT by patriot preacher (To be a good American Citizen and a Christian IS NOT a contradiction. (www.mygration.blogspot.com))
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To: Mr. K

The cupboards are bare at Dick’s and Gander Mountain in NE Penna. Cabelas is backordered on 90% of all popular ammo grades.


13 posted on 04/05/2009 6:49:20 PM PDT by Renegade (You go tell my buddies)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Quick, send guns, money and lawyers...

/johnny

14 posted on 04/05/2009 6:50:14 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s not surprising to Wing that customers come in looking for semiautomatic weapons.

“This is one of the main weapons people are concerned they’re not going to be able to use. This style the black rifles,” said Wing.

It’s an assault weapon and so many who want to own one are concerned President Barack Obama’s administration could impose a new ban on some semiautomatic weapons.”

Another case of lazy reporting. If it is a BLACK rifle, then it must be an assault weapon. Could this possibly be just a wee bit racist? (sarc on/off)


15 posted on 04/05/2009 6:50:41 PM PDT by The FIGHTIN Illini (How long until we vote again?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Silly Kalamazoo presstitute skills aside .......Gotta say if I were CCI, Winchester, Black Hills etc .......I would have built a second or third production line by now and cashed in on this panic !

Even local LEO’s & FLEA’s have stopped quarterly qualification range days ............ammo is just not being made or what ??


16 posted on 04/05/2009 6:54:00 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder how Obama feels knowing that he has been the cause of the greatest rush to buy guns and ammunition in the history of mankind. I wonder what the sneaky little bitch is going to try to do about it. His last attempt, the scrapping of .223 military brass, was pretty lame.


17 posted on 04/05/2009 6:54:08 PM PDT by Jeff Gordon (I don't trust Obama with my country. Do you?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Owners telling us it's awfully difficult to tell customers they have to wait days, perhaps weeks to get a bullet.

How long is it going to take to get the rest of the cartridge?

18 posted on 04/05/2009 6:54:13 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: AD from SpringBay

I must remember to wear a hard hat if I go into one of those talking gun stores.


19 posted on 04/05/2009 7:00:52 PM PDT by Nik Naym (Everyone has a right to my opinion.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Just another way to “vote” -— I want Washington to know that the public is VERY well armed!

For what its worth, just went to Barnes and Noble and bought “Atlas Shrugged” -— but they were back ordered on Levin's book and didn't expect to be “ahead of the waiting list” for a few weeks!

20 posted on 04/05/2009 7:02:24 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: neodad

When they flap their wings as they take flight.


21 posted on 04/05/2009 7:06:15 PM PDT by Redcitizen (The Death Star is the ultimate in peacekeeping.)
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To: neodad
They must be invisable, no ?
22 posted on 04/05/2009 7:08:06 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Owners telling us it's awfully difficult to tell customers they have to wait days, perhaps weeks to get a bullet.

Break into my house and I will give you one at 1,150 fps.

23 posted on 04/05/2009 7:10:35 PM PDT by TYVets
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Seems like a good time to easily let citizens have belt fed, machine guns, light mortars, ....you know...to...ah...um....relive the load on hard pressed handgun makers...er...for children carbon footprint polar bears.

Right? (just try’n to help out here).


24 posted on 04/05/2009 7:12:38 PM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Mr. K
The ammo shortage is very real.

There is absolutely no 7.62 x 39 anywhere within a 50 mile radius of where I live. I know, because I check In person on a regular basis.

.38 Special is completely gone off of most store shelves. I was at Gander Mountain yesterday and they had (1) box of .38 SPL 158 Gr. LRN. They wanted $49.99 for it! (I was buying 50 round boxes of .38 SPL for $17-$18 just two months ago. (Luckily, on the bottom shelf I found a “Mega Pack” of 250 rounds of Remington UMC 130 Gr. Metal Jacketed for $99.99)

The last few boxes of 7.62 x 39 that I found a few weeks ago cost me $10 per 20-round box for Bear Silver. This same ammo just 6-9 months ago would probably have sold for about $3 per box.

25 posted on 04/05/2009 7:13:33 PM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: Renegade

People are stocking up before a storm.


26 posted on 04/05/2009 7:15:14 PM PDT by Aroostook25
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To: Mr. K
I went to the Crossroads of the West gun show in Reno on Saturday. I was there at 8:30 for a nine am opening. There were 300 people in line when I got there. By 9am there were at least 500 waiting to get in. The line was over 600 feet long three or four people wide. When I got in I was surprised how open the show was then I looked to the left and there were about 120 people mobbing the largest ammo seller. The second largest had a row 75 feet long and four deep. there were VERY few AR's unlike the last show in November where there were plenty. I asked some of the biggest dealers and how I could get one they said we will put you on the waiting lest which is over 1200 orders long. I left the show at noon, 9mm,5,56mm and ALL other pistol loads along with primers were GONE!

Today I was in WallyMart they are wiped out of anything pistol. Some 22 and ample game loads of shotgun in 12 and 20 ga, no 00 buck or even anything larger than #6 shot..

27 posted on 04/05/2009 7:15:39 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit)
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To: Mr. K
No, there is a Nationwide shortage of ammo... and black guns... where available... are priced 1.5 to 5 times beyond their retail pricing.

LLS

28 posted on 04/05/2009 7:18:19 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my President... NEVER!!!)
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To: Squantos
Civilians have purchased 600 million rounds since Jan 20. The Military is using over 1 billion rounds in training per year... plus combat operations on top of that.

LLS

29 posted on 04/05/2009 7:20:58 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my President... NEVER!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; grellis; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

Yeah, well, if people think the shortage is bad now, just wait until the shooting starts.

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.


30 posted on 04/05/2009 7:21:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Well aware of that.....thus my question.


31 posted on 04/05/2009 7:22:00 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos

Maybe they are running three shifts and everything is being scooped up...


32 posted on 04/05/2009 7:23:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (In honor of my late father-Gysgt/Comm. Chief, USMC WWII, Korea 1925-2002)
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To: Squantos

Gotta be a bunch of marketing guys at the manufacturers that are having heart attacks seeing such demand and slow production.


33 posted on 04/05/2009 7:24:02 PM PDT by dusttoyou (Alamo Tea Party like its 1773)
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To: Squantos
It is not just in the States either. I've been told by a friend that most of the European and Eastern block countries are short also. If the ammo shortage is that wide spread either someone is cutting production or something big is in the wind.

I bought what I need over a year ago based on my usage for the last twenty years. If it gets to something other than hunting, I'm going to be too old to crawl around and eat bugs unless it starts soon.

God Save the Republic!

34 posted on 04/05/2009 7:24:12 PM PDT by Big_Harry ( Thank God I am an "Infidel"!)
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To: Big_Harry

Agree I have enough on the shelf to get my Elk and Mulie each year till I am to old to hunt... Gets real bad I will just use the compound bow’s etc ..... Just have to curtail my range time and competition till this POS administration is voted out and or jailed (pipe dream) !

Stay safe Harry !


35 posted on 04/05/2009 7:29:48 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Aroostook25
People are stocking up before a storm.

Not everyone. There are some out there practicing.

A year ago I would hear some shooting every 2nd or 3rd weekend. Some were 10 to 15 shot strings of rapid fire.

This year every weekend firing going on in 3 directions. To the south it is too flat, too many houses for safe shooting.

No long strings of firing this year. Double tap or a double tap and a head shot is the norm.

I maybe wrong, but it sounds like some serious practice to me.

36 posted on 04/05/2009 7:29:49 PM PDT by TYVets
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To: Squantos
Yes, the major manufacturers are making ammo as quickly as possible... but everything from primers to brass to the bullets themselves are in short supply. Ammo is coming out... I am receiving some every week or two... I have ammo backordered to well into August. One must be patient and order online to get quantity.

LLS

37 posted on 04/05/2009 7:31:56 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my President... NEVER!!!)
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To: dusttoyou

Agree !

Think I’d put up surplus tents and hire guards to run 10 or 20 more lines right now !


38 posted on 04/05/2009 7:31:58 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Agree .......as I stated here on this thread my weekly range day is now quarterly range day till the situation and EBR BS games stop.

Ammo, reloading supplies are stored .......I won’t pay these prices they seek and get right now.

Going bow hunting this fall ..........:o)


39 posted on 04/05/2009 7:36:01 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: All

Stores here in the Madistan area have plenty of guns and ammo on the shelves.


40 posted on 04/05/2009 7:37:55 PM PDT by Ellendra (Can't starve us out, and you can't make us run...Country folks CAN survive!!! -Hank Jr.)
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To: 2111USMC
I looked on line for 45 acp today,everything including just the bullets (for reloading) is either sold out or priced outrageously.The ammo horders need to back off and let the rest of us have some too
41 posted on 04/05/2009 7:39:31 PM PDT by Charlespg
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
They must be invisable, no ?

They will be soon enough is Zero gets his way.

42 posted on 04/05/2009 7:46:46 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Freedom's Fortress")
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To: Charlespg
yep, I agree.

We've had to cut our range time down from every-other week to about once a month now.

The only ammo I have a real strong desire to hoard right now is the imported military stuff. Imported military full metal jacket is definitely one of the types they will try to ban first. Fortunately, 7.62 x 54R surplus is still available and reasonably priced.

43 posted on 04/05/2009 7:51:20 PM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The writing in this article is sub high school.


44 posted on 04/05/2009 7:51:30 PM PDT by upchuck (I'm glad I'm old. Thus I can remember when America was a decent, moral, God fearing country.)
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To: Mr. K
I went to a local Dick’s sporting goods and they had no shortage of anything... are these hyped up stories to detract from an Obama gun grab?

In Oregon, 9mm are almost impossible to buy. You have to be at the store when the delivery truck arrives, or else all you see is empty shelves.

45 posted on 04/05/2009 7:53:25 PM PDT by aimhigh
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To: 2111USMC

give gunbroker.com a try if you haven’t already. quite a bit of the most common calibers available. some listed with the ‘buy now’(this for buyers who have had at least 2 previous transactions)option. I have picked up quite a lot of brass along with loaded ammo their in the last 2 months. decent prices also. just type in what you are looking for in the search box and go from there.


46 posted on 04/05/2009 7:58:58 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: bobby.223

their-there.


47 posted on 04/05/2009 8:01:15 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: Ellendra

There have been any number of reports that stores in Liberal areas are more likely to have ammo in stock.


48 posted on 04/05/2009 8:04:21 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Obama: Carter's only chance to avoid going down in history as the worst U.S. president ever.)
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To: TYVets

I’ve lived here 31 years. I’ve *never* heard the gun range as busy as it was today.


49 posted on 04/05/2009 8:04:51 PM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda arm.)
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To: neodad
concealed weapons are flying off the shelves

At least they didn't say literally flying off the shelves.

50 posted on 04/05/2009 8:05:28 PM PDT by KarinG1 (You're just jealous because the voices don't talk to you.)
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