Ammunition is in short supply in Wilmington and nationwide

Reported by Max Winitz - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Later this month, Barack Obama will be sworn into office, but change has already come to a group of businesses locally and nationwide.

In November 2008 WECT reported that gun sales are up, but now ammunition is in short supply.

The number of customers for guns and ammunition is quickly rising at Shooter's Choice in Wilmington.

Ricci Wright attributes the increase to President-elect Barack Obama.  Wright said gun owners are afraid new restrictions are on the way.

"I think we are going to have the assault ban, like we had a few years back," said Wright.  "I think it's going to be more drastic than it was before, and include a lot more stuff.  It makes guns a fantastic investment right now."

Gun owners, like Steve Neu, have noticed that there's a shortage of ammunition nationwide, because so many people are buying it before the Inauguration.

"When I go to pawn shops, there used to be a big selection," said Neu.  "Now, there's not much of them at all.  Maybe some real old antique ones, but as far as a good amount, there is not much in pawn shops like there used to be."

The selection at Shooter's Choice has begun to diminish.  According to Wright, standard items like handguns are difficult to obtain.  Since there is limited availability, the price of ammunition and guns are on the rise.

Wright believes that a lot of guns and ammunition will begin to double or even triple in price over the next six months.