Florida Gun Owners Camping Out for Ammunition As Ammo Shortage Continues

by Josh Lanier

Given recent unrest in the country, some gun owners are rushing to stockpile ammunition which has left store shelves bare. In Florida, customers are camping out overnight in the hopes of being able to purchase ammo before stores sell out again.

In Lake Mary, Florida, people began lining up outside of Academy Sports + Outdoors at 2 a.m. Monday, Fox 35 reported. They were all there for the same reason: ammo.

While crowds are camping overnight, the latest reports indicate that the ammo shortage likely is not coming to an end any time in the near future.

Ammunition Shortages Will Likely Continue in 2021

However, violent incidents across the country, in addition to other factors are reportedly fueling even more gun purchases. Because of that ammunition manufacturers say shortages could continue deep into 2021.

Last year, people purchased an estimated 21 million firearms. That’s up 75 percent over the same period the year before, according to FBI background check data.

“People, again, are taking a look at what’s around them, taking stock of their own security and their safety needs,” said Mark Oliva of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

In central Florida, Volusia Top Gun everyday last year was like “Black Friday,” according to store owner Ron Perkinson said. But over the past two weeks, it’s been even more hectic. Perkinson says it’s been a “zoo.”

“I could have done 300 percent sales more if I had the inventory,” he said. “I’m turning away a lot of people just for lack of inventory.”

Gun stores across the country are having similar issues. Demand continues to exceed and outstrip supply.

“I’d say demand has gone up 1,000 percent. Not 100 percent, not 500 percent, but 1,000 percent,” said Tom Hand, owner of Gold Mine Pawn Shop in Daphne, Alabama. “If I had a shipload of ammo, I could have sold every bit of it.”