The 2013 Realities of Gun Control

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With one of the greatest crises to ever face the Second Amendment developing weekly, there is a new reality to being a gun owner. With more than 30 proposed gun laws being heard by the 133rd Federal Congress, and a harsh new state law in New York among others, gun control is on the horizon. Even if all the bills are defeated, there are already effects being felt nationwide.

Fewer cops due to School needs

While the attack at Sandy Hook brought a lack of effective school security to the public's attention, there has been a rush to increase this any way possible. Unfortunately, it is turned into a proverbial 'robbing Peter to pay Paul' situation in some communities. Schools have ramped up security on their own accord by borrowing cops from already overstretched departments. In Marlboro, New Jersey there is now a uniformed cop in all nine schools. Los Angeles, who already has 350 deputies in 100 high schools, is also increasing their efforts.

However, this is already thinning out the fraying blue line that protects the community. This is a temporary fix at best and school districts around the country will have to budget increased security to best fit their needs moving forward. One school district in Ohio is allowing its janitors to pack heat after a two day course. While this may not be perfect, it provides an extra margin of security without pulling cops from the zone.

Guns, what guns?

Since December 2012, guns have been flying off the shelves as if Hitler's panzers have been spotted crossing the Canadian border in force backed up by the Soviet paratroopers from Red Dawn (the good one, not the new one). According to the FBI, in January 2013 more than 2.4 million requests for firearms purchase background checks were sent through their NICS system. This works out to about one gun sale every 1.5 seconds. Of course, you can argue that just because a check is done doesn't mean a gun is sold, but this is counterbalanced by the fact that multiple guns can be sold for each check performed.

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This has stripped shelves of everything that there is to buy, from .22's to .50 cals and everything in between. Everyone is hoping to be grandfathered in before it's regulated out. This phenomenon has also led to crazy price gouging and people looking to make a buck.

Gun Flippers

With the laws of supply and demand in full swing, many gun owners have taken to their closet and evaluated their collection, picking out a few guns they could live without and putting them on Armslist, gunbroker, or gunsamerica for quick cash. Hi Point carbines have gone from $200 to $600. Anything AR-like is crazy, with prices doubled or even tripled. Carbon 15s, which went for $700 last year, are now closer to $1600. Actual Colt ARs are touching $6000.

With this panic, fake PMAGS are showing up as is the reality of new gunowners buying guns with the sole reason to flip them as prices skyrocket with each week of this artificial crisis.

Ammo, what ammo?

No matter whether it is online, down the street at Big Jims Gun Shop, or in the locked glass cases of your neighborhood big box store, ammo is unavailable. . Even Wal Mart is limiting ammo sales to three boxes per day, per customer With the frantic rush to buy ammunition in all calibers from .22short to .700 Nitro due to millions gunowners smoking the crack pipe of looming gun control bans, law enforcement agencies across the country are facing problems buying enough ammo to train with. The spike in civilians buying guns and ammo has departments scrambling.

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(With factory ammo running so short, reloaders are increasing. Which reminds me, if you have a good deal on shotgun primers I have a bunch of hulls laying around.)

The Department of Homeland Security has just asked for another 21.6-million rounds of .40S&W and 5.56mm ammo to augment the 1.6 billion bullets it has already obtained over the course of the last 10 months, which will no doubt further slow civilian production.

Switching to training with .22 rifles and pistols, for which ammunition seems to still be in some sort of supply, is a stop gap that both civilian shooters and law enforcement are looking at until the manufacturers catch up with the current soaring demand.

Meanwhile criminals have not gotten the message that the guns have been confiscated and outlawed just yet. In Bulls Gap, Tennessee this week an 86-year old woman successfully repelled a home invader with the use of a legally owned gun.

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February 16, 2013  •  11:19 PM
It seems as though the Pa. politicians have jumped on the bandwagon to boost the state treasury. They want anyone with a concealed weapons permit to be mandated to buy $i,000,000.00 in liability insurance. So carrying will be limited to aristocratic elitest and criminals (note the redundancy). You can bet someone is getting a huge kickback from the insurance companys to push this Bill. This means our constitution will once again be ignored by our corrupt leaders. We put them there, we can remove them.
February 17, 2013  •  08:57 AM
Just wondering how much impact Homeland Security has on the current situation. Why would they order 21.6 million more rounds to add to the 1.6 BILLION they already have? And that's only .40 S&W. Wonder how much 9mm and 5.56 they have hidden away. And with ammo manufacturers obligated to fill Government orders first, we end up needing to buy our ammo from the feds.
February 17, 2013  •  09:28 AM
With all the price gouging/scalping and unethical sales going on, I'm glad limits are being set by larger companies. I wouldn't be able to obtain any .22 ammo at all if those rules weren't in effect. I only thought I had to worry with criminals, never knew that so many normally law abiding people would become back stabbing and worshipers of the almighty dollar.People are throwing their integrity away for a few dollars to be made by over buying items and then resaling at 300%plus. I guarantee, guns and ammo will not ever be somewhat affordable again due to such greedy behavior.
February 17, 2013  •  01:32 PM
This exploitation is much counter-productive. We should be doing everything we can to make guns and ammo available to everybody at reasonable prices... The little old lady who can't afford a gun today may be tomorrow's victim. And reloaders should sell their stuff at prices below factory ammo to make it available to as many folks as possible. We're all in this together.
February 17, 2013  •  08:11 PM
@AIKIJUTSUNo can do...interfering with the market, controlling it with government, is what we need to prevent. I would rather go after government, which is clearly running a conspiracy among agencies to a) have some premise to be armed and trained, and b) buy up all the ammunition production capacity. Some may suppose that is not an infringement on the RKBA, but it clearly is, obviously an end run around banning the guns themselves and daring anyone to take on the government in a lawsuit to put a stop to it.
February 20, 2013  •  09:53 PM
For any of you old enough to remember....and yes, I am, the Clinton era gun ban had the same effect on firearms, as did the election of Obama in 2008. This time is the most severe however and most likely will take the longest to recover. But we will recover. Ammo as already beginning to trickle back on the shelves because of the slim chance of any gun laws passing which could affect legitimate gun owners. My biggest concern is the pricing of guns. Hhopefully when the supply recovers the costs will go down as well.