POSTED: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 6:40pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 12:39pm
Tyler, TX — The panic after the Connecticut shooting sent the ammo and gun market into a tailspin and the price sky-rocketed along with the demand.
We spoke to some local folks at sporting goods stores and they confirm ammo sales are up because the type of ammo everyone wants is coming back.
"Gun sales have slowed down a lot, but ammo sales... we can't keep on the shelves for everybody," says Kevin Swell of Porter's Sporting Goods in Flint.
Ammo sales are improving at porter's sporting goods in Flint. We're told they've been selling as much ammo as they can get in.
Steve Prater, manager of Lock and Load in Tyler tells KETK the most popular ammo is still hard to come by.
Lock & Load released a statement to KETK,
"We are beginning to see our distributors come through with more ammunition. We still, however are having a difficult time acquiring stock in the most popular calibers such as 9mm, 45acp and especially 22 rimfire. We do expect to see those calibers to become easier to acquire over the next few months, unless our politicians makes threats again, and cause another panic," says Steven Prater, Owner of Lock & Load.
Bob Ladd, Owner of B&S guns and ammo in Lufkin also says, after the Newtown Connecticut shooting the prices shot through the roof, but now there's relief.
"It's becoming more readily available, every day we see more and more, it just got so depleted so fast and stayed that way for so long, there's a lot of catching up to do for the manufacturers," says Bob Ladd.
"As soon as they dropped the weapons band... prices cam back down," says Kevin Swell.
Even though ammunition if finding it's way back on store shelves, store owners are still waiting on distributors to catch up.
"Manufacturers are behind, they are 16 to 18 months behind by themselves," says Swell.