Gun retailers and ammunition suppliers are having a hard time maintaining their inventory, according to CNN Money.
Even large retailers such as Walmart and Cabela’s are having trouble keeping up with demand while ammo manufacturers are likely to have increased production:
Wal-Mart has been rationing its ammo since January, to three boxes per customer per day. And when a gun retailer like Cabela’s gets two or three shrink-wrapped pallets of 5.56 mm or .223 ammunition for AR-15 assault rifles, they’re “cleaned off like locusts, within a couple of hours,” according to Brian Rafn, a research director at Morgan Dempsey Capital Management in Milwaukee who follows ammo manufacturers.
“You’re talking about a massive civilian arsenal build up,” he added.
As demand has climbed, so have prices, from $12 for a box of 50 rounds for assault rifles to $25 a box, said Rafn.