January 29, 2023

Police Ask Citizens to Help Supply Ammo

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It first began when we started hearing that police departments around the country were having shortages of ammunition. Now we are reading stories, like this one at CNS News, stating that one police department in Proctor, Minnesota, pleaded with citizens to “loan” them their ammunition.

So, seriously. Where’s all the ammunition?

According to Jim Shepherd at Outdoor Wire, it’s the gun and ammunition manufacturing industry with the problem, even going so far as to claim there is no conspiracy or plot to disarm people.

What I’ve heard loud and clear in my conversations with retailers and range owners is that they’re certainly talking to each other – and listening to disgruntled customers. And their talk isn’t pleasant when the subject is manufacturers or industry groups. Historically, it seems there’s always been a divide between manufacturers and retailers, but this divide looks wide enough to have some of them looking at joining forces and taking their message to consumers.

If that happens, I’ve been told, they’re going to look -skeptically- at every industry group to see who’s stepping up to explain the facts of product shortages to consumers. And they want companies to go to their distributors and tell them there are smaller businesses- who makeup a large portion of the industry- suffering because they insist on supplying big box retailers first, and that’s not acceptable.

They want manufacturers to actually tell their distributors a portion of their product inventories must be allocated to smaller retailers. And they don’t want to hear excuses why that’s not practical. “It’s not right,” said one Oklahoma dealer, “for me to have empty shelves and loyal customers when big box stores have product and don’t care about customers or fellow retailers.”

Hmmmmm! Is this true? If it is then there must be some kind of conspiracy here. From my own personal experience, prior to late in 2007, I could go just about anywhere in the United States – big city or small town, big box retailer or small gun shop owner – and buy just about any amount of ammunition that I wanted. So what’s changed?

If Shepherd’s information is accurate, then Obama’s anti gun identification tag had nothing to do with this shortage, or Big Sis’s hoarding of certain caliber ammo. Instead, a conspiracy (it must. What else would you call it?) exists with the manufacturers of ammunition to run the little gun shops out of business and refuse to supply police departments, or something along those lines.

Is this to drive the price of ammunition through the roof in order to gouge the consumer for big profits? Are manufacturers taking advantage of the anti gun rhetoric coming out of Washington and through some anti rights groups, and deliberately creating shortages.

I’ll go back to my original comment and question. In late 2007 (you figure out the significance of the date.) I could buy ammo anywhere, anytime. What’s changed since then? There has to be either a real shortage of ammunition, brought on mostly by hoarding and panic buying or there’s a shortage brought on by the ammunition manufacturing industry because of whatever their financial and/or political goals are.

If the problem lies with the ammo industry, then police departments should be able to buy their ammunition through big box retailers…..shouldn’t they? Have they tried? Or is there a shortage AND the industry is only supplying big retailers? Is there a conspiracy to disarm the police departments? Is this disarming of police departments in instill more fear and panic in Americans?

What’s changed? Are there so many new gun owners since 2007 that it would cause an ammo shortage and a gun shortage? Have more people bought more ammunition than at any other time in history? Have manufacturing plants stopped producing as much ammo as they used to? If ammo is only being sold to big box outfits, then I should be able to get all the ammo I want through them. Is that possible?

Here’s one thing that seems to be a certainty. I happen to know of at least two states that have seen a windfall of over $1 million each in Pittman-Robertson excise tax money from the Federal Government. This excise tax is collected on the sale of certain outdoor sporting goods. A $1 million windfall tax for one small state, like Maine, tells us somebody has been buying up an awful lot of sporting goods. Has that increase been in everything except guns and ammunition? Has the increase been universally distributed throughout all the outdoor sporting equipment sales? Or has the increase come as a result of the increased sales of guns and ammunition. What I’ve been hearing is that it has all come from the sale of guns and ammunition and all since 2007.

So, what’s changed and where does the problem exist? You tell me.