Posted: Apr 5, 2013 7:19 PM by Dax VanFossen - MTN News
KALISPELL - Gun owners are purchasing ammunition at record rates and retailers are having problems keeping shelves stocked.
One retailer says the supply is not there and that's because government agencies are purchasing ammunition at record rates as well. "It appears there is a real concern here in Northwest Montana, by gun owners, that actions by the federal government and legislation could lead to limited availability of certain types of ammunition, and that has led to a rush on ammunition in local gun stores."
According a local ammunition retailer in Kalispell, they can't keep ammunition on the shelves for very long at all. Brass and Bullets owner Junior Szklarz tells us there is a rush to buy ammunition, but they aren't getting the product from their suppliers. "As retailers, the wholesalers we purchase from are dealing with the manufacturers, our wholesalers, can't get product on a regular basis from the manufacturers, that's our major problem."
While we have not been able to confirm if government agencies are flooding the market with orders, one fact is, ammunition stores appear to be running low, but public demand remains high.
Szklarz told us the best thing gun owners can do is be patient as he and other retailers try to fill orders as best they can.