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FL – RETAILERS – ‘I’ve never seen it like this’ Local gun shop manager breaks down factors leading to ammo shortage (VIDEO)

2020 was a big year for gun shops across the nation. Nearly 5 million Americans bought a firearm for the first time in 2020, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Three weeks into the new year, there are no signs of stopping — and some local gun owners have noticed it’s harder to get their hands on ammunition. According to a survey taken by NSSF, at various gun stores, 40% of sales in 2020 were to people who have never previously owned a gun. Action News Jax Courtney Cole spoke to management Greenacres Sporting Goods to talk about what’s leading to the ammo shortage. “Mid-march [of 2020] is when things really started to dry up,” said Zaideh Farhat, the retail sales manager at Greenacres Sporting Goods. “It’s tough! It’s definitely scarce,” said Wayne Griffis, a gun owner. Griffis told Cole you have to plan ahead these days if you plan on getting your hands on some ammunition. “You have to get up early — make sure you hit the stores. You have to know when they’re getting new shipments in,” Griffis said. Farhat, better known to regulars and staff members as “Z,” said it’s a real struggle for them to purchase ammo for their customers. “We’ve been having to go out through other channels and basically bid on it. And buy it from different sources, buy it from private market, pay whatever the market is for it — plus shipping and to get it transferred here,” Farhat said. They now have to pay three to four times the normal price for ammo and for some calibers.  [full article]

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