Knoxville gun owners struggle to find ammunition

Knoxville gun owners struggle to find ammunition

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Ammunition is proving hard to find for gun owners. Ammunition is proving hard to find for gun owners.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Talk of changing gun control laws hasn't just spiked gun sales and cause shortages of some weapons. Ammunition is also proving hard to find for gun owners.

Some owners say they have tried multiple stores and multiple websites to get ammunition for the guns they already own. Ammunition is getting more expensive as it gets harder to find.

"Driving all over Knoxville, and surrounding areas, you can't find it. Nobody's got any," said gun owner Kenny Bailey.

Bailey says he's paying $10 more for a box of 50 bullets for his 9mm gun than he was just two weeks ago.

He's even looked online, but he said Coal Creek Armory was the only place he could find any.

"I've been to Clinton, Maryville, Seymour, and then everywhere else as far as Knoxville," Bailey added.

The problem isn't unique to 9mm weapons.

Employees at Coal Creek Armory say all calibers of ammunition are getting hard to find and that prices are going up.

Gun owner Roger Rank says he's been to several stores and noticed low inventory on several types of ammunition.

"Some things they're out of in stores and some things they have lots of. I've noticed more the military style rounds, the 308 and the 223, gone or off the shelves," Rank explained.

What he can find, he said, costs him more than it used to.

"I probably spend an extra $10. This week, I did find one magazine for my AR and it was about $10 higher than what I normally pay, so maybe about a 15 percent increase," Rank added.

Rank says it's hard to find magazines as well.

"High capacity magazines sold out, a lot of magazines for your pistols and regular rifles for target shooting or hunting, they're sold out too. There are a few odd sizes on the shelf," Rank said.

Carry permit classes are also staying booked, with many sold out weeks in advance.

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