Business takes a bullet with ammo shortage

Business is down for one local gun shop, where concerns over the ammunition shortage have actually discouraged some would-be gun owners.

Sales have slumped by 25-percent at the Duck Creek Armory in Davenport.

But, it’s not because a desire for gun ownership is lacking according to the shop’s owner, Jason Bitting.

“I know of many instances in which people have mentioned that they’d like to buy a firearm, however, they’re not going to because of ammunition,” said Bitting.

Like most other gun shops, a cap has been placed at Duck Creek on the amount of ammo customers can buy at 100 rounds per transaction.

“We rarely do get in ammunition,” he said. “It’s been very difficult getting in ammunition and when we do get it in, we try to spread the wealth as much as possible.”

Since the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in which 20 children were killed, there’s been a rush on gun and ammo purchases across the country.

At Duck Creek, sales shot up 20 times what they’d normally be within a day of the shooting.

Last month, gun owners felt some relief when the Senate voted down new gun regulations.

Bitting says a better solution than creating new laws is strengthening the existing background check system.

Because of the ammo shortage, even the Davenport and Bettendorf police departments have had to plan ahead and stockpile ammo.

But, gun store owners like Bitting may not have to worry too much longer.

He thinks ammo supplies could be back to normal by the end of June and while there’s still an ammo shortage, the firearm supply is pretty much back to normal.

According to Guns and Ammo magazine, ammo makers have been running near capacity for at least 10 years and have experienced trouble keeping supplies stocked in times of “panic buying.”

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