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KY – RETAILERS – Ammo shortages (VIDEO)

It has been a busy year for gun stores. Firearms have flown off the shelves. Ammunition has been in short supply and high demand. “It was a problem for people to find a round of .270 to take their child hunting with,” Edwin Nighbert, president of the League of Kentucky Sportsmen, said of the state’s modern gun hunting season this fall. And even if supply picks up in response to the scarcity, experts say the trend still could continue amid global uncertainty, political changes across the country, and further potential pandemic-related disruptions. Because as supply has dwindled, demand has jumped. In 2020, gun retailers reported a 95 percent increase in firearm sales and a 139 percent increase in ammo sales compared to the same period in 2019, according to survey results published in August by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, or NSSF, a firearm industry trade association. For one thing, 2020 provided a near-perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time outdoors. “We’ve fished and hunted galore with my family,” Nighbert told WKYT’s Garrett Wymer. “There’s no better place to socially distance and, in my opinion, get right with the Lord.” But whether hunters and other sportsmen and sportswomen are out in the woods or loading up at the range for some target practice, it has not been easy for them to find ammunition. [full article]

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