Gun and magazine prices drop, but ammo still hard to find

Gun and magazine prices drop, but ammo still hard to find

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Gun show vendor John Carson with CNC Survival Supply out of Pittsburg says since Sandy Hook he's even has a hard time keeping ammo in stock. Gun show vendor John Carson with CNC Survival Supply out of Pittsburg says since Sandy Hook he's even has a hard time keeping ammo in stock.
Kathy Trent drove from Rogersville to attend the gun show. Kathy Trent drove from Rogersville to attend the gun show.
There was much debate over revised gun control legislation, causing gun and ammo sales to go through the roof. There was much debate over revised gun control legislation, causing gun and ammo sales to go through the roof.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It's been almost six months since the mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School. After that shooting, there was much debate over revised gun control legislation, causing gun and ammo sales to go through the roof.

Saturday's Gun Show in the Smokies at Chilhowee Park drew hundreds of people but many weren't in the market for a new gun. They were in search of that hard to find ammo.

Hal and Kathy Trent drove from Rogersville to attend the gun show. They say they can't find ammo in stores at home and hope to find at the gun show.

"A lot of places just out of stock on everything you just can't order them," said Hal Trent.

Gun show vendor John Carson with CNC Survival Supply out of Pittsburg says since Sandy Hook he's even has a hard time keeping ammo in stock. Currently, he has 250,000 rounds of ammunition in his inventory.

"We will probably sell about 25 percent of our inventory this weekend but we are in no hurry to get rid of the ammo because it's very difficult to replace," said Carson.

Carson's been selling ammo for seven years. Even though he has some of the hard to find rounds he's still can't keep many in stock such as 380 caliber, 9 mm personal protection, or 45 brass.

"It's due to capacity limitations of what factories can produce and what the demand is for the Department of Homeland Security, majority of it is going to them and it's difficult to get ahold of," said Carson.

Carson says the impulse purchases are over. Many people are no longer in the market for a new gun but they still need the ammo to practice.

"Pricing has come back on guns mags have come back pricing has come back on mags but ammunition really hasn't come back and pricing has only decreased a little bit," said Carson.

According to Carson before Sandy Hook a brick of .22 long rifle match grade ammunition cost $65 right after Sandy Hook the box cost $110 now the price is around $95 but that's if you can find it.

"A lot of people are trying to buy the ammo because you can't get it. It's so expensive and that's why a lot of people are trying to buy the reloading kits," said Kathy Trent.

As far as when the ammunition prices will return to pre Sandy Hook prices, Carson says it's anyone's guess but probably won't be soon

"It's unforeseen, at least a year minimum," said Carson.

Gun Show in the Smokies at Chilhowee Park's Jacob Building will continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. admission for adults is $10.

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