Monday, May 27, 2013

GUN RUNS: 'Box of .9mm ammo has a shelf life of about five minutes'

At High Bridge Arms on Mission Street, the only gun store in San Francisco, a box of .9mm ammo has a shelf life of about five minutes.

“It used to take us a month to sell 5,000 rounds,” general manager Steve Alcairo said of the most popular caliber. “Now, we go through that in a week — when we can get them.”

Driven by intense consumer demand — which, in turn, has been driven by fear of a legislative crackdown in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy — the Bay Area and the country are in the midst of an unprecedented ammunition shortage.

http://blog.sfgate.com/crime/2013/05/26/cops-gun-owners-feel-pinch-from-ammo-shortage/