I was checking online prices of guns yesterday. The day before the Newtown shootings I purchased a NIB M&P-15 Sport at a local sporting goods store for $600. They are currently selling on gun sites like Gunbroker
for a "Purchase Now" price of $1,700-$1,800. Luckily, I have two of them along with a few other military style rifles I purchased - for once - when the asking prices were still below
MSRP. There was a gun show here last month and there will be another the first weekend in January. I'm curious to see what the markup will be on anything that's even remotely associated with "assault" style weapons and if it will have a trickle down effect on other products.
Personally, I believe many (most?) of the rifles purchased in the past 10 days or so were by speculators hoping the price will run up due to panic buying and they're simply trying to cash in. Even my S&W 15-22 is now almost impossible to find, has gone from $400 to $600 and it's a .22! I can only imagine what increases we'll see if any sort of AWB is ever really
enacted. I'd also like to know why all the military caliber rifle ammo is flying off the shelves? Is this becoming another one of those manufactured shortages caused by the few who want to cash in at the expense of everyone else? I suppose it's like a certain presidential adviser said before he recently became Mayor of Chicago, "you never want a serious crisis to go to waste".
Still, I can't really say I blame the people taking advantage of the situation since we all know the next crisis is always just around the corner and we should have been prepared by stocking our supplies and equipment long before now.