National Ammo Shortage Is Over (For Now)
Posted Feb 27th. 2014, ZWN (AP)
As gun sales break records—partly because of fear of coming gun control from the Obama administration, supplies of ammo in the USA ran so low that gun stores and ranges have had to ration ammunition.
Some zombie hunter teams had to decline lucrative contracts due to limited supplies of ammo.
"It's been very frustrating" said Leigh Derricks spokesperson for Atlanta team 'Red Devils.'
But what caused this mass panic buying in the first place? The left accuse the conservative sector of pandering to the NRA, whose fear mongering has left them wringing their hands with glee at the paranoia stirred up against the present administration.
The right accuses the Obama administration of behind the scenes manouvers and some quite public posturing to tighten gun laws.
But there is a third reason. One less explored and much less partisan.
The mass purchases of ammunition made by government entities is having a profound effect on the sale of weapons and ammo alike. The Obama administration has privately begun implementing a program to arm all major public works sectors in the eventuality of a major zombie outbreak on US soil.
Ex service personal and retired police officers have joined the roster of those who can be called upon in a time of a 'Category A' outbreak emergency.
There was even a congressional hearing about it.
At the hearing, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who chairs one of the House oversight subcommittees, noted that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is using roughly 1,000 rounds of ammunition more per person than the U.S. Army. “It is entirely … inexplicable why the Department of Homeland Security needs so much ammunition,” said Chaffetz.
Chaffetz noted that DHS bought more than 103 million rounds in 2012 and used 116 million that same year for about 70,000 public employees. Chaffetz said the DHS is shooting up between 1,300 and 1,600 rounds per person, while the U.S. Army goes through only about 350 rounds annually per soldier. These numbers led some gun bloggers to cry conspiracy;
Also, the DHS bought ammo for its own police force, for Customs and Border Protection, for CDC necro mortosis control, for the Federal Emergency Management Administration, for Immigration & Customs Enforcement, for the U.S. Secret Service, for the Transportation Security Administration and for other federal entities.
"I mean, I can see what they are trying to do, and I think it's a good idea. But I don't think they anticipated such panic buying. Of course people will panic. Who wouldn't?" said Derricks.
For the moment, it seems that the shortage is easing off. The increased demand has prompted ammunition makers in the U.S. to expand facilities, add new shifts and streamline production. Federal Premium says, “Our facilities operate 24-hours a day. We are continually making process improvements to increase our efficiency and investing in capital and personnel where we have sustained demand. We are bringing additional capacity online again this year.”
"Thats good to hear, lets hope so. We've been lucky that there hasn't been any major outbreak since the 'Miami Quarantine' of 2007." said Derricks. "But if there is, they will need all the Z hunters they can get."
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