Since Obama‘s election, there has been a nation wide ammunition shortage. The Chicago-area gun stores where I bought ammo raised their prices about 25%, and would only sell me 3 boxes at a time, but they always had ammo to sell. I’ve read about more severe shortages in blogs, and seen discussions about it on various forums, but until recently I didn’t really experience the shortage myself. That changed yesterday:As previously mentioned, I just moved from the Chicago area to Iowa. After doing some unpacking, I decided to take a trip to a local gun store, so that I could enjoy my newly expanded gun rights. Upon arriving, I was pleased to find that they did have a decent selection of handguns, shotguns, and rifles. I looked at a pretty nice Rock River Arms AR-15, which I might buy later this week. Then I asked what .40 S&W ammo they had in stock. The clerk replied that they had not a single .40 S&W cartridge for sale in the entire store. Out of curiosity, I asked about 9MM, .45 ACP, and .380 Auto, at which point the clerk directed my attention to the completely empty pistol ammo shelves. It turns out the only ammo in the store were some birdshot shells, and they had no idea when they would get more pistol cartridges. I called another gun store in the area, and they reported a similar shortage.
Is anyone else totally unable to buy ammo, or did I just happen to move to an area with the worst shortage problems possible?