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Gun, Ammo Sales Surge After Boston Marathon Bombing
Big Government ^ | 4/22/2013 | AWR Hawkins

Posted on 04/23/2013 2:46:04 AM PDT by markomalley

The surge in gun and ammo purchases that began after Sandy Hook and continued through the Senate's failed gun control vote appears to have picked up steam again following the Boston Marathon bombing.

For example, at the Syracuse Gun Show on the New York State Fairgrounds last weekend, so many people showed up that some had to wait in line more than two hours just to get into the gun show. Those that waited did so on a windy day, amid sleet and snow flurries.

Moreover, for this specific gun show, few people came to sell guns; most came to buy them and find the ammo they needed for their guns at home.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment

1 posted on 04/23/2013 2:46:04 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

I find that implausible. How could they surge from current levels, particularly given current supplies?


2 posted on 04/23/2013 3:14:33 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: markomalley

I have seen an increased amount of gun shoppers above the already high amount of the last 5 years, ammo of the most popular calibers is still short.

So I just walked right up and bought some very good 7mm magnum rounds, next will be some .300WM, .338wm and .375H&H.


3 posted on 04/23/2013 3:34:16 AM PDT by Spartan302
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To: Pollster1

My first thought too - how could it get any worse?


4 posted on 04/23/2013 3:42:30 AM PDT by grobdriver
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To: grobdriver

Not worse when America is being saturated with guns, not content with one AR many are buying more for the family, and historically the average gun owner never had more than a box or two of cartridges now they are thing of a protracted long battle may be forced upon them individually, and since the Feds won’t offer any program to help the individual stock up on much needed emergency protection ammunition they are doing it all the way as many do in America....with style.

One rifle, 100 rounds in years past, now its several rifles and pistols, on average now three long guns and two pistols per house, each with several thousand round, if there is a .22lr the smart ones have no less than 5,000 rounds or ten bricks. Severe ammo buyers are actually getting more like a 6 figure amount.

The general consensus is that Americans will be forced to some form of a Revolutionary war against an invasive illegal government. And they want to be as best prepared as they can.


5 posted on 04/23/2013 3:55:58 AM PDT by Spartan302
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To: markomalley
Yesterday, in the local Walmart's ammo case, there were about dozen boxes (total - three or four flavors) of large rifle calibers; three boxes of .410, half dozen boxes of 12ga birdshot.

That was it.

6 posted on 04/23/2013 4:09:13 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: Pollster1

“I find that implausible. How could they surge from current levels, particularly given current supplies?”

Agree, particularly ammo. Store shelves are already bare of ammo. Guns; you can find guns on the shelf. However, prices which had started to tilt down immediately after the gun bill failed, have taken off again.


7 posted on 04/23/2013 4:12:41 AM PDT by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: Pollster1

>>I find that implausible. How could they surge from current levels, particularly given current supplies?

The reporter is probably just clueless about what has been going on since November and December. Heck, here’s a “news” item from last week from CBS Miami:

Gun Stores Seeing A Run On Ammunition
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3010125/posts

Obviously there’s nothing new about that story, they are months behind the curve.

I think the reporters of this story are in the same boat. They saw the Marathon Bombings, saw the big lines that have been the norm for the last few months, and made an inaccurate connection.


8 posted on 04/23/2013 4:17:28 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Pollster1

After all the panic is over, wait about 6 months and the prices of everything will be back to normal or lower (I am thinking a lot lower).


9 posted on 04/23/2013 4:18:58 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: markomalley

How is this possible???

There wasn’t any ammo two weeks ago. How can there be LESS?


10 posted on 04/23/2013 4:33:10 AM PDT by Flintlock ("The British are coming--to TAKE OUR GUNS"--Paul Revere)
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To: 2001convSVT

Yeah, but six months means I miss my price shooting season. Grrr.


11 posted on 04/23/2013 4:37:19 AM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: drbuzzard
The sacrifices we must make.
12 posted on 04/23/2013 4:41:08 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: 2001convSVT
One thing we can all do to help is to stop buying over-priced ammo from on-line auction sellers. I suspect most on-line sellers are actually retailers who are pulling their allocations off their store shelves to create the perception of a shortage then selling their stock on-line at huge markups while telling their store customers "sorry, all out. Really hard to come by."

Buy only what you need for the next 6 months and when you do buy, look for bargains.

And teach your favorite firearms to like reloads.

13 posted on 04/23/2013 4:44:37 AM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF (Because 2 terms with Jerry Brown as Governor was all I could take.)
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To: tomkat

That pretty much sums up the Walmart inventory in every store in mid America from my observation. If you own an 870 or a Taurus Judge, your set..........anything else.........you basically just have a club for now.


14 posted on 04/23/2013 4:44:44 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: markomalley

Where is anyone finding ammo? Even CMP is out of .22


15 posted on 04/23/2013 4:45:09 AM PDT by Peet (Come back with a warrant.)
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To: Pollster1

I’m wondering if attendance at ranges is way down. No supplies......no activity. At least that’s my theory.


16 posted on 04/23/2013 4:46:59 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: markomalley

17 posted on 04/23/2013 4:52:39 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: FReepers; All

A 'big picture' observation in regard to the anecdotal ammunition non-availability situation noted above:

       (setting aside for the moment the supply-side distortion of the fed.goon fascist wet dreamers ..)

FR & and similar sites along the conservative spectrum can boast of a huge number of on-the-books members.

Additionally, it's relatively safe to assume that the number of like-minded, patriotic visitors/lurkers/etc is at least an order of magnitude greater than that.

Yet even if all of that assemblage of like minds is stocking up, there's no way it approaches accounting for all the empty shelves everywhere.

It leads (me, anyway) to the conclusion that there's a definite 'something' in the air that's being sensed & prepared for by millions of average Americans, folks not in the habit of frequenting political sounding boards and similar outlets.

I bring that up by way of encouragement to any patriots occasionally dishearted by the ceaseless onslaught of treason being spewed by the Enemedia and the Øbject of their traitorous lust.

Many are convinced that supply will recover and all will eventually return to 'normal', while others are equally convinced that such will not occur.

Either way, the enemy on the left - and yes, those denigrating and undermining the Constitution are precisely that, by definition - would do well to take careful note of that palpable 'something'.

18 posted on 04/23/2013 5:09:10 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: Pollster1

Something’s wrong with this story...


19 posted on 04/23/2013 5:13:29 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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(if i wasn't on a list before now, that one prolly did the trick ;-)
20 posted on 04/23/2013 5:19:39 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: Spartan302

Try buying reloading supplies.


21 posted on 04/23/2013 5:28:41 AM PDT by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: MachIV
I’m wondering if attendance at ranges is way down. No supplies......no activity. At least that’s my theory.

My local range has been somewhat more crowded than usual. People are not blasting away to put a couple hundred rounds downrange quickly, but they are shooting - and taking it seriously. I have seen much more focused practice over the past few months than I'm used to seeing, almost as if decent Americans wanted to be ready to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

22 posted on 04/23/2013 5:30:12 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Spartan302

They need to back off sucking up all of “America’s Rifles - 15”,

it would be better to have 10,000 patriots with 10,000 ARs than it would 5,000 patriots with 10,000 ARs.


23 posted on 04/23/2013 5:32:54 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Pollster1

And that is a very good thing.


24 posted on 04/23/2013 5:33:11 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Travis McGee

Dude... they’re called “binoculars”.
They can’t kill anyone.


25 posted on 04/23/2013 5:34:05 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: tomkat

This isn’t a society stocking up on certain guns because they fear they may be banned. This is a society preparing for war.
- Bob Owens


26 posted on 04/23/2013 5:36:21 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Peet
Where is anyone finding ammo?

Unlocked DHS vehicles.

27 posted on 04/23/2013 5:37:33 AM PDT by 101stAirborneVet
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To: MrB
Amen

Succinct Precision

28 posted on 04/23/2013 5:39:16 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: 2001convSVT

The current ammo bubble will depress the market for 10 years


29 posted on 04/23/2013 5:40:41 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
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To: Pollster1

Bump!


30 posted on 04/23/2013 5:51:35 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Pollster1
I find that implausible. How could they surge from current levels, particularly given current supplies?

My exact thought, where did they find anything to buy? High end hunting long guns and ammo are all that is left on the shelf.

31 posted on 04/23/2013 5:52:37 AM PDT by El Laton Caliente (NRA Life Member & www.Gunsnet.net Moderator)
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To: bert

That may be true, if it is not used first.


32 posted on 04/23/2013 5:57:34 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: MrB

Dude...do your “binoculars” have only one lens?

And do you hold your “binoculars” with one hand a foot behind the other?

That is a rifle being aimed at an American by a paramilitary “policeman” in a military vehicle.


33 posted on 04/23/2013 6:01:22 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

My “dude” was directed at the jackball axel in the “tank” that was using his gun site instead of binoculars.


34 posted on 04/23/2013 6:04:02 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Pollster1

Correct, how can there be a surge of something that is non-existent?


35 posted on 04/23/2013 6:05:36 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ( EVERY DIME Obama Spends is given to him by the Republicans in the House.)
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To: 2001convSVT

You are optimistic, some of the manufacturers say 9 to 12 months if demand goes down to normal. Firearms, most of them are starting to get back in stock, but prices are not falling yet. Ammo, especially .22LR, is still out of stock everywhere and sells out in minutes when it comes in.


36 posted on 04/23/2013 6:13:15 AM PDT by El Laton Caliente (NRA Life Member & www.Gunsnet.net Moderator)
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To: Travis McGee
This kind of reminds me of the build up to World War One. Both sides were stockpiling arms and ammo in massive quantities and heaping propaganda and rhetoric against each other until it took just a small spark to ignite the entire powder keg. But this time it is American citizens and their own nation's government that are at odds against each other.

I wonder what the spark will be this time.

37 posted on 04/23/2013 6:23:03 AM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Molon Labe!)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

38 posted on 04/23/2013 6:27:15 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Pollster1

Good to hear. Makes me see the urgency of getting my own house in order.


39 posted on 04/23/2013 7:10:42 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: El Laton Caliente
You are optimistic, some of the manufacturers say 9 to 12 months if demand goes down to normal. Firearms, most of them are starting to get back in stock, but prices are not falling yet. Ammo, especially .22LR, is still out of stock everywhere and sells out in minutes when it comes in.

Those dealers who have not raised prices dramatically the way so many others have will get my business for years. I can find .22LR online for $0.25 to $0.50 a shot, but I'm not going to pay that. When those sites drop their prices again on these products, I will not be a customer. I'll be going with WalMart and a local gun shop that has raised their prices about 20% instead of by a factor of ten - once the gougers stop buying from them to resell at a gun show (I do not buy gun show ammo either). I'm not convinced that we will recover as quickly as a year, but I expect a price recovery, if we manage to avoid the second civil war that Obama wants so much to provoke.

40 posted on 04/23/2013 7:20:37 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: markomalley

With close to nothing remaining on the shelves, it must not be too much of a surge?


41 posted on 04/23/2013 9:03:58 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: markomalley
One of the local gun stores in my area (gets tons of first-time gun buyers) has been selling some of the more popular 9mm and .40 cal autos with a box of ammo included.

The thought is that the customer will at least have something to shoot through the weapon for maybe a short range fam session and self defense.

42 posted on 04/23/2013 9:18:15 AM PDT by SIDENET
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To: 101stAirborneVet

Me: Where is anyone finding ammo?

101st: Unlocked DHS vehicles.


I laughed so hard the cat woke up! Thanks.


43 posted on 04/23/2013 9:25:48 AM PDT by Peet (Come back with a warrant.)
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