As if that's gonna stop people from driving to Nevada,Arizona,or Oregon and
buying a carload there.
Hell,that's the next criminal enterprise;smuggled out-of-state ammo,sold
out of auto trunks.
then Kalifornia is going to whine for National controls on ammo,and the
Appeaser In Chief and his DemocRAT Congress will oblige them.
one more reason for CA residents to stock up early.
Especially the criminal element.
Where have you been, or not been, for the last several months? There is
basically no ammo out there to be purchased as it was all purchased and
hoarded by the ultra conservative nuts after the last election. Hell, I
have had 9mm on order since early September and now it is not expected
in until December 21st and I would be willing to bet that gets changed
The ammo manufacturers are certainly not going out of business. In fact,
they have been working three shifts just attempting to keep up with demand.
Just point your browser to http://tinyurl.com/yb7ndrq and note that
after you get down to the 4th row (after the specialty stuff) that
everything is back ordered!
In short, your idea is not only a bad idea, it is also several months late.
The volume of ammo that has been purchased over the past year is far far
in excess of anything that could be attributed to "ultra conservative
nuts". The fact is that tens of millions of Americans have been buying
both guns and ammo, including a lot of folks who formerly thought of
themselves as pro gun control. It's been something of an awakening of
people to their gun rights. In some left leaning states there are gun
shortages as well, not just ammo.
Each person buying 100 rounds is patchwork. There are (about) 260 million
guns in the U.S. What needs to happen is each gun owner should buy 100
rounds PER WEAPON. For example, 100 rounds of 9 mm for my Uzi won't fit my
AK47 no matter how many curse words I use. If that kind of standard is
followed, we're talking 26 billion bullets.
Sadly, though, there are not 26 billion cartridges, nor, for that matter,
7.5 billion, available for sale. On the plus side, ammunition has a
shelf-life measured in multiple decades, so one could start stocking up (and
hope that he's not overtaken by events).
The market is, however, growing. A report out just today says there were
over 1 million gun purchases in September (+12%). While gun owners are often
like cat owners (they typically have more than one), this increase no doubt
includes a significant number of first-time buyers.
There's another possibility. In some states, possession of a Concealed
Handgun License exempts the bearer from the NICS check, so the FBI has no
knowledge of those transactions (probably not a lot). Some other folks are
also exempt, such as peace officers.
Even though I'm exempt from an NICS check, I make it a practice to NEVER buy
a gun from a dealer.
NIB or new to me? For new-to-me, I generally buy guns from individuals at
gun shows (the so-called "gun show loophole"). Of these, there are two
kinds: The guy who rented a table (~$100) to facilitate his private buying
and selling, and the guy walking around with a gun in his hand (code for
"stop me and ask how much I'll take").
I've picked up a couple of guns at estate sales, but they're generally
Hint: If you represent a corporation, the corporation can buy a gun without
a background check. This is most useful for buying fully-automatic weapons.
When asked on the ATF form for the purpose of obtaining a fully-automatic
weapon, the appropriate answer is "investment."
Other than the amusement of blowing $100 in ammo in a few seconds on the
range, why exactly would anyone want a full auto gun? In my not so
humble opinion, full auto is only good for wasting valuable ammo.
* Collecting (people spend MUCH more on a stamp)
* Historical acquisitions
* Mowing down the hords, i.e., "spray and pray"
Actual conversation I had with one of my customers in Masschusetts:
Carol: So what did you do this past weekend?
Me: Oh, I went to a gun show.
Carol: Gun show! What's at a gun show?
Me: I was mildly surpriseD at the number of crew-served weapons there.
Carol: What's a 'crew served weapon'?
Me: A weapon that takes a crew to operate. Like a light machine gun or a
Carol: What is someone going to do with such a thing?
Me: Er, nothing.
Carol: They've got to be doing SOMETHING with it!
Me: Ah, no. It just the having of it. To own it.
Carol: I don't BELIEVE that! They're up to SOMETHING!
Me: Well, I guess I can tell you. Some are getting ready for the showdown.
Carol: I GODDAMN KNEW IT!!!
Totally agree. It is amusing to shoot one once. Buying one is the mine
is bigger than yours thing bragging rights thing for people who don't
have a life. Same reason why people need giant McMansions and giant
fluffed up trucks used as a one passenger vehicle.
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