Americans across the nation have heard Democratic Party leaders expound on how terrible guns are and how we need to ban them.
They are casting their lot against Obama, Feinstein and Quinn and they are voting with their wallets to do so.
People are buying guns and ammunition like there’s no tomorrow.
Wal-Mart has instituted a chain-wide 3 boxes of ammo per day limit in their stores.
We’re not sure why.
There’s literally nothing to buy, even if there was a one-box limit.
The only problem is, there aren’t three boxes to buy unless you want shotgun shells. This is the ammo case at the west Bloomington store this morning.
It’s not just Wal-Mart with ammo sales.
It’s guns too.
A local gun shop in Bloomington, 10-8, was featured in the Bloomington Pantagraph last week. Their shelves are pretty barren. And that was a week ago!
Here’s the story from the Pantagraph…
Ammo flying off store shelves across Central Illinois
Bloomington, IL (Pantagraph) — If there are worries about gun regulations being tightened in the wake of recent mass shootings, they appear to be showing up on the shelves of ammunition sellers in Central Illinois.
Walmart stores in the Bloomington and Decatur areas, some of the largest ammunition sellers, are either out of or had very few remaining boxes of several common types of ammunition, like 9mm, this week. Spokesmen for Walmart and Dick’s, another big ammo seller reporting shortages, did not respond to questions about their supplies as of Wednesday.
Smaller gun shop businesses in the area said they’re also affected by the difficulty in purchasing ammo and keeping it on shelves. An associate at Darnall’s Shooting Range in rural Bloomington said if the range didn’t save boxes of ammunition for people to use, they wouldn’t have any bullets to offer people: The rest of their stock has been bought out, and purchases have picked up since the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Stephen Stewart, owner of 10-8 Outfitters, a Bloomington firearms dealer, said the same is true at his business, adding the surge in buying definitely coincided with the tragedy in Connecticut.
“More of the common (types of) rounds are unavailable right now,” Stewart said. “People are buying it by the case instead of by the box. I think this is more intense than the (buying sprees after) Brady gun ban or after the previous election.”
Stewart, who attended an industry trade show in Las Vegas last week, said other business owners are telling him the same thing. When he returned to Bloomington, Stewart said he found a stack of 60 FOID card applications waiting for him. A regular week usually brings about 15, he said.
Dan Cooley, owner of The Bullet Trap in Macon, an indoor range that also sells weapons and ammunition, said his establishment is in the same situation: sales picked up after the tragedy, adding the difficulty in getting bullets might be exacerbated by the recent holiday buying spree.
“Most of our normal sources have dried up totally and completely,” said Cooley. “I’m unable to get any 9mm or .22 Long Rifle, probably the two most popular cartridges we sell.”
The uptick in business has come with its share of problems, Stewart said. High demand has raised prices, and it’s difficult to keep bringing in customers when the shelves look bare.