9 months ago
My last article on ammunition availability erupted in a flurry of controversial comments, and I’m not trying to repeat that here, but I’m glad to report that my local gun shop is now selling 5.56 mm ammunition (PMC) for nearly 50 cents per round, approximately what it was going for prior to the run on ammunition. I can also find handgun ammunition (of any caliber) for the same prices I could before the run. So this article confuses me a little. But I wanted to call out one quote in particular.
Federal Premium Ammunition, a large manufacturer in Minnesota, said Homeland Security’s contract makes up a very small percentage of its total output and any talk about the federal government restricting availability is “false” and “baseless.”
“This contract is not taking ammunition away from civilians,” states a message on its website. “The current increase in demand is attributed to the civilian market.”
This denial is just wrong. It may in fact be correct to say that the federal orders have had little effect on the market (a denial I also question because I think the effect is more than trivial), but to say that federal sales are “not taking away from civilians” is the baseless claim here.
Any assembly line tooled for making ammunition for federal agencies could be one that is tooled for making ammunition for civilians. It’s simple. If they weren’t selling to the federal government, they would have more to sell to us.