Guns and ammunition continue to consistently sell out between physical and online retailers, with some businesses unable to provide commonly used calibers of ammunition on account of the high demand from Americans and shortages in the supply chain as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Gun and ammunition aggregator Wikiarms lists the cheapest price available for .223/5.56 NATO ammunition- the cartridge used in standard AR-15 rifles- as 45 cents per round, with most major online gun retailers selling the cartridge for well more than 50 cents per round.
American-made .223 ammunition was selling at most major physical and online retailers for as little as 35 cents per round before the coronavirus pandemic.
Disruption of global ammunition manufacturing has also played a key role in starving gun owners of buying ammo. Lead production in the United States has already left the country, and copper mining in South America remains halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gun owners trying to acquire ammunition at retail stores has consistently reported encountering empty shelves, and some gun retailers have reported being unable to sell any ammunition to new gun buyers to use for their firearm.
Gun sales in March, May and June have exploded relative to gun sales in 2019, with new purchases almost doubling their 2019 equivalent during the months. Firearm retailers have reported to the National Shooting Sports Foundation that 40% of their sales in recent months have been to new firearm owners.
Guns and ammunition may only increase in price, fueled by exorbitant demand as more Americans seek to arm themselves, many for the first time, as more civil unrest appears imminent on the horizon.
Four Indicted in “Pay-to-Play” Concealed Carry Bribery Scandal, Including Santa Clara Sheriff’s Captain
Gun rights are reserved for the privileged elite.
San Jose District Attorney Jeffrey Rosen announced the indictment of four people connected to the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department last week, claiming that they were involved in a corrupt “pay-to-play” bribery ring in which concealed carry permits would be granted in return for campaign contributions to Sheriff Laurie Smith.
Rosen alleges that Capt. James Jensen, attorney Christopher Schumb, attorney Harpaul Nahal and business owner Michael Nichols conspired with the CEO of a private security company to secure a $90,000 bribe in return for generous access to the department’s concealed carry permit authority.
“My concern is not whether the sheriff grants many or few CCW licenses, but whether they are being granted or denied for the wrong reasons,” said Rosen.
Rosen’s indictment of the four individuals details considerable evidence revealing pay-for-play practices utilized by Captain Jensen and Schumb, who operated a political committee supporting Sheriff Smith’s re-election campaigns.
There have been concerns over the concealed carry permit practices used by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department before, with reports that the sheriff was only granting CCW permits to politically connected donors going back as far as 2011.
Pro-Second Amendment concealed carry laws would forbid this form of alleged corruption, as law enforcement agencies in “shall issue” states are forbidden from restricting permits from any lawful gun owner for arbitrary reasons.
Obtaining a concealed carry permit in California, which is a “may issue” state, is considerably difficult. Many sheriff’s departments are known for flagrantly corrupt practices in issuing permits, reserving the privilege for city employees, donors, and the politically connected elite. Gun rights advocates have documented the corrupt practices of many California law enforcement agencies, who often seek to stonewall concealed carry permit applications.
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