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Firearms and ammo shortage due to pandemic but some argue politics are at play

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Gun and ammo sales shot up once the COVID-19 pandemic hit. It was great for local gun stores. But now, there is a shortage. The issue? Lack of raw components. You need them to make ammo and firearms, which a lot of them are imported. But once the pandemic hit, borders were closed and importation was shutdown. Now, gun owners are feeling those effects.

"Mainly right now with manufactures, if you are ammo or firearms, whatever you are making today, you are shipping tomorrow," said Diamondback Shooting Sports Director of Training Ben Anderson.

Anderson said it is supply and demand, especially with brand new gun owners from 2020.

"If it is 7-million and all of them wanted two boxes of ammo, that is a hundred-million rounds of ammo. That is the supply and demand issue…For example, it is very common to 9mm ball ammo going for $45-$50 a box. Which is about $1 a round. Luckily we have been fortunate enough where we allocated from the beginning," said Anderson.

Which means, one box of ammo per customer, per day.

"This is our ammunition shelving. Normally, each one of these bins would be full of different calibers, different cartridges across the board," said Anderson.

News 4 Tucson spoke to one customer who is not sold on the manufacturing idea.

"I do not think that the companies that produce it, cannot be in a factory producing ammo," said Customer Richard Morse.

Morse said, he believes politics has something to do with it.

"People are worried that there is going to be a crackdown. you will not be able to buy a gun or if you have a certain kind of gun, you will not be able to get ammo for it," explained Morse.

The shortage is wide spread.

"My biggest fear is, you take the guns away from people who have them legally and the only people who are going to have them illegally."

Which he feels is wrong and goes against his second amendment rights.

"When you have a right to have it and do not take away my right when I have done nothing wrong," said Morse.

Anderson said this shortage has the gun community looking out for each other.

"You should be helping your neighbor and helping people in the community and that would be where we have allocation for ammo. I know it is unfortunate but we cannot play favorites."

Anderson said the firearms supply should be back to normal by the end of this year. As for ammo, stores won't be fully loaded until 2023.

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