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.
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.
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.
(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.