January 13, 2013
In 2008, the demand for firearms and ammunition skyrocketed in Virginia with the fear that President Barack Obama would create stricter gun laws. Today, local gun shop owners say the demand is even higher.
"There's a lot of talk now about restrictions, so people are worried they're not going to be able to get what they've been thinking about getting," said Edgar Lindamood, owner of Acme Arms.
Right now, ammunition is hard to come by everywhere, including wholesale distributors. Lindamood says one of the biggest internet sales companies shut down because they couldn't deal with the amount of back order.
"They weren't taking orders. They literally stopped taking orders for two weeks. Now, they're back up but they're portioning the amount you can buy. So, I can't call up and say I need $5,000-worth of ammunition, and they'll say well we can only give you $1,000," Lindamood said.
Whether it's a handgun, shotgun or semi-automatic rifle, Virginians have been stocking up on the firearms themselves, but even more so, the ammunition.
"The worst of them all is the 223, which is the round that the AR-15 uses. You simply can't get them," Lindamood said. "The backlog on those is enormous."
Lindamood says the shortages have not necessarily been a bad thing for Acme Arms in Charlottesville, as the new gun shop in town.
"We got a call from a woman, she went to Wal-Mart, Dick's [Sporting Goods] and the bigger shops around here, and none of them had the ammunition she was looking for," Lindamood said.
"It's happening a lot for us is people are finding us because everyone else is out," Lindamood continued. "They're just going down the list to find a place that may have ammunition in particular -- not so much the firearms themselves as much as stocking up on ammunition."