Guns, Ammunition Sales Still Surging in 2020


It's getting harder for gun owners to purchase ammunition in stores as sales are surging.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation says sales of ammo were up 139 percent in the first half of 2020 compared to the first half of 2019. They also say there were nearly five million first-time gun buyers during the same time period.

It does look like current sales are slowing down. So, why the spike? There are several factors including fear of scarcity amid the pandemic, lack of primers to make the bullets, and anti-gun rhetoric by Joe Biden’s campaign. Mike Clark, with Collector's Firearms in Houston, says it's not just the ammo that’s selling, it's also the weapons.

“There are a lot of people that come in and ask well have you got this, and have you got that? And on a given day we might, but the next day it’s gone. So, a lot of these things are flying off the shelf.

Clark says President Trump is pro-gun. However, if Joe Biden wins in November, he thinks demand will skyrocket even more.


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