Gun shop owners feel effects of nationwide supply shortage

Gun shop owners feel effects of nationwide supply shortage

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — If you have stopped in at your local gun shop, you may have noticed empty shelves or limits on how many items you can buy. The gun industry is booming as a series of events sparked gun owners and first-time buyers to stock up on supplies. As a result, the country is now facing a nationwide shortage of guns and ammunition. Mitchell Tyler owns SafeSide Tactical . Inside his Lynchburg store are empty shelves. Some signs tell customers they can only buy one box per caliber per day. "We are down probably 50 or 70% on the inventory that we normally carry," Tyler said. The shop produces some of its own ammunition. However, Tyler says there is a severe backup to receive supplies because most ammunition manufacturers rely on parts from overseas. "The components that we would typically order per quarter, we really need 10 times that amount," Tyler said. Over at Indian Rock Tactical , it is the same story. "In previous years, we’ve had shortages in ammunition to a certain degree and firearms to a certain degree, but nothing like we’ve seen this year," store manager Jason Campbell said. Campbell says 2020 has brought in more business than ever: We’ve had people of all ages come in, and I’ve heard this more times this year than I’ve ever had. They say, ‘I’ve never owned a firearm, I’ve never touched a firearm, but I feel like I need to own one.’ He says this […]

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