These are good times for ammo makers... gun owners can't buy the stuff fast enough.. it they can even buy it at all.
"I buy it when I can find it so I can still shoot... how often do you find it? uh, not very often." says gun owner Paul Howell
On the display floor of the convention.. NRA member were looking over the latest guns.. gear and accessories.. but a lot of them are talking about the ammunition shortage. Remington is the largest maker of arms and ammunition in the country.. a company spokesperson says they're swamped with back orders...
"The reality if the situation is we are running 24-7 and we have been for some time now. We continue to look for ways to enhance out output and pay folks premium time to build ammunition but there are only so many hours in a day... so many days in a week." says Sean Dwyer.
He says the Remington ammunition factories are full. There's no way to easily step up production and if they built new facilities it would be 12-15 months before the ammo would hit the shelves.
Some law enforcement agencies say they can't get enough for training.. and retailers are often rationing it to customers.
When shortages arise, shortages of anything, they can produce a bumper crop of rumors and conspiracy theories. The big one about the ammunition shortage? The government is trying to keep ammo out of the hands of civilians by purchasing it all. We asked Steve Hornady with Hornady Manufacturing about it.
"The government isn't buying it all! Homeland security hasn't bought it all and I wish those guys on the internet who say that's where it is all going would shut up." he says
He says it's less of a shortage and more of a demand problem. He says ammo makers have never sold this much ammo before. Ever. He says he's confident if he tripled production he could still sell it all, but he can't. He couldn't count on the demand staying where it is anyway.
"It will eventually slow down. The panic will slow down and it will return to more normal times."
What's driving it? That panic he talked about .It happened in 1992 when Bill Clinton was elected. It happened in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected. This time, it's fear of gun restrictions in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.