Guns and ammo fly off the shelves
For the past few months local sporting goods stores have not been able to keep up with the demand for guns and ammunition.
Beartooth NBC's Kelley Smith talked to a local store owner about his experience with the situation. This is how the ammunition shelves have looked for the past few months, sparsely stocked with the ammo customers are looking for. Co-Owner of Capital Sports and Western Wear, Jay Sherley, says the demand for this ammunition is so high the store is limiting the amount people can buy, something he says he has only done once before.
Sherley says, "It was 4 years ago during the election that this same exact thing happened."
Semi-automatic hand guns like these are the most popular to buy and sell at his store. The President has asked Congress to change gun laws so that it is illegal to purchase military style assault rifles and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Sherley says he thinks this is what is fueling many people's desire for firearms.
Sherley says, "Right now everyone is just kind of wondering and so they don’t want to wonder if I can get that certain gun or certain powder or certain ammo."
But he says some customers are just trying to stock up since everything keeps disappearing off the shelves as soon as it arrives.
Sherley says, "Others are just like everybody's buying it so I better get me some."
He says his guns sales tripled after the President was re-elected, but since he can barely keep anything in stock, sales are not quite the same.
Sherley says, "Manufacturers are trying to catch up a little bit but it's going to be a while before we can get a lot of it in."
Several gun laws have been heard during the 2013 Montana State Legislative Session including House Bill 303, which would prohibit the enforcement of federal gun and magazine bans.
Story by Kelley Smith, Beartooth NBC.
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