With talks about an assault rifle ban coming in 2013 people around the country are flocking to gun stores. Assault rifles are selling out across the country and gun stores are struggling to keep up with the growing demand.
Dennis Pratte, owner of My Gun Factory in Falls Church, Virginia, told CNN:
“Our phones are ringing every 10 seconds and people are saying, ‘Do you have any assault rifles?’ They’ve sold out of just about every gun shop nationwide and just about every distributor is out of stock … The retail market is completely sold out of anything with high-capacity magazines. We get people 20-deep waiting to buy.”
The high-demand for assault rifles and other high-capacity weapons has created a bidding war on auction sites like Gunbroker.com. The Global Grind reports that people are paying a premium in order to buy hard-to-get weapons. 30-round magazines, which typically sell for about $15, are now selling for more than $100.
Brownells, the largest supplier of firearms accessories, has also been having trouble keeping up with demand. Brownells, which sold 3-years worth of ammo magazines in just 72 hours, said that several manufacturers are concentrated on popular items in order to keep up with demand.
A message on Brownells reads:
“Due to unprecedented demand levels Magpul is focusing their efforts on producing BLACK PMAGs for the foreseeable future. To expedite delivery of your order, we currently are only accepting additional backorders for BLACK 30 and 20 round PMAGs.”
President Obama is currently pushing for a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines but it looks like anyone who wants a gun is already going to have one by the time any legislation gets passed.
What do you think about the increased demand for assault weapons? Are you surprised that assault rifles are selling out across the country?