Armageddon Alert: Ammo Sales Booming

Published on April 8, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-04-08 at 9.29.27 AMAmmunition was the hot item Saturday as gun enthusiasts from around Southern California converged on the Ontario Convention Center for the first day of the two-day Crossroads of the West Gun Show.

The Ontario Convention Center was busy with some people arriving and others leaving with such purchases as walking sticks to firearms cases. But of all the items available, ammo was at the top of many shopping lists.
At one point, a line to purchase ammunition was snaking around the exhibit hall, said Bob Templeton, the owner of the gun show. It was taking about three hours for shoppers to make their way to the head of the line, he said.

Art Sheppard of San Jacinto bought magazines for an AR-15 rifle and some other items. He wanted to buy ammunition but the line was about two hours long at that point and Sheppard wasn’t interested in investing that much time.

Dennis Mahan of Hesperia purchased ammunition of three different calibers.

“I’m just stocking up,” he said. “It’s in such short supply at my local store.”

Mahan is concerned new legislation will require people to register before they can purchase ammunition, and yet “more laws are not going to make anything safer,” he said.

Customers were stocking up on ammunition because the demand is so high, said Templeton, who estimated the first day’s attendance at around 9,000. “The supply is now starting to catch up with demand.

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