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POSTED: Monday, April 8, 2013 - 6:33pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 11:09am

I offer this story to any economics teacher out there. If you ever need a lesson on the laws of supply and demand, guns would be a good place to start.

Ever since the subject of gun control hit the national news, panicked shooters have hit the stores. And the result is long waits for guns and ammunition.

That has led to a lot of conversation among gun owners about causes and solutions. It’s true, if you enjoy shooting, you know that what I have in my hand is worth it’s weight in gold right now.

Even these little .22’s are in short supply. So the solution is simple, make more of them.

Jeff Hoffman is the president of Black Hills Ammunition, and he says that like any manufacturer of anything, you don’t want to invest in too much manufacturing capacity during a boom, because booms end.

‘When something like this happens, people say, why don’t you go to double shifts or triple shifts or work round the clock,” Hoffman says. “You can’t just bring people in off the street. You have to train them. That takes time and you run the risk of diminishing your quality. And this market is incredibly intolerant of making mistakes.”

He also laughs at the idea that some ammunition makers may be holding back supply to raise the price.

“It would be silly to just sit here and ignore huge demand thinking that would be profitable for us. That’s just crazy,” he laughed.

So, until the public calms down and the market returns to some semblance of normal, the shortage will continue.

“If we had five years of production sitting here,” says Hoffman, “I could sell it in two weeks.”

Hoffman told us that sooner or later the waves will crest and supplies will return to normal.

But for now, manufacturers like him will be paddling furiously just to tread water.

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My question is, what is DHS building up such a massive War Chest for? 1200 Armored Vehicles and Billions of rounds of ammo. Unlike the Military that can't be used against civilians, DHS is becoming a secondary military force that has not the same restrictions. This arms race between the DHS and Civilians can't end well.

Ammo makers are not holding back, it's the DHS buying BILLIONS of rounds (as well as the U.S. military, governments, etc... and yes hoarders.)

The real problem is the government buying so much ammo forces to ammo makers to allocate powder, primers, and slug production for the very ammo they use. As a result little .22 ammo is made and most common pistol ammo IS used by the DHS and others (.40 S&W, 9mm, .357 Sig, .45 Auto.)

And we wonder why they need so much? We think it is to make a shortage.

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