POSTED: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 7:27pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 1, 2013 - 1:36pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — Ammunition and firearms are in high demand after President Obama and Senator Diane Feinstein's announcements about gun control.
The demand is so high that some stores are posting signs in their stores stating to their customers that there is only so much they can buy. And some smaller gun stores can't sell ammo to customers, because they just don't have it. Robert Quates from Lock n’ Load Gun store and shooting range in Tyler tells KETK, "We were able to order ammo, trickle in a littler here and there, and now it's just non-existent."
They are running out of everything so fast that they hardly have enough for people who want to come in and shoot at their range. Quates says, "Right now if I let that much ammo go, where am I going to be at? We won't have an indoor shooting range, we'll just have an indoor range that nobody is shooting on."
Some shops won't even sell you ammo unlessyou buy a firearm from them.
But small local shops aren't the only ones limiting their sales, major retailers like Wal-Mart and Academy Sports and Outdoors have put a limit on their stock as well.
Wal-Mart issued this statement to KETK:
"In order to take care of as many customers as possible, starting thursday, jan. 24, all ammunition sales were limited to three boxes per customer, per day as supply is limited at this time."
Retailers are saying, they just can't meet the high demand for ammo and firearms. They say as soon as they get in order in, they are gone; so limiting, or even eliminating sales was the only option.