Pics: Empty shelves at ammo retailers as Obama starts second term; ‘I can’t find ammo anywhere’

With President Gun-Grabber, Joe “Shooting for Tuesday” Biden and DiFi pushing for new firearm restrictions, inauguration weekend was more about empty shelves than empty promises for gun enthusiasts. For more than a month, Twitchy has been reporting on long lines at gun stores, surging NRA membership and record crowds at gun shows.

As Obama celebrated his second inauguration, ammunition was increasingly hard to come by in the nation’s chain stores and mom-and-pop shops. Academy Sports is limiting some ammo purchases to one box per customer.

But finding even one box of some types of ammo is proving difficult. More evidence of the only successful Obama stimulus:

These shelves are supposed to be stocked with ammo. The country is scared man.

The ammunition case at walmart #empty #ammo #thanksobama #nofilter

#BassPro sold out of handgun ammo just about... #Dadgum #Nobama is ruining this country. That's depressing but I also love that we law abiding Americans are buying all the ammo and supporting our freedoms #gunrights #2ndamendment

Even online retailers are unable to keep up with demand.

Ammo shortage? Shoppers have a pretty good idea about who built that.

Congrats to the Salesman of the Year!

  • ForTheRepublic

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I think we can officially declare that Mr. Obama is the best salesman on the face of God’s green Earth.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Even at that, only by accident.

    • MrApple

      Especially if he’s selling gun control, universal healthcare, or general Liberal BS.

    • SpinMeNot

      Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then.

  • http://twitter.com/stupid_republic Stupid Republic

    Reminds me of Soviet Bloc grocery shelves in the 1970s and 1980s.

    I suppose that will be next under this idiotic regime.

    • ForTheRepublic

      The only difference is, we may not have another Ronald Reagan to save us.

      • $38218625

        This is why the Oppressives want to destroy their political opposition and the founding documents to help keep that from happening.

      • Underwater

        And, even if we did, this idiotic electorate wouldn’t vote for him. This electorate is now made up of bleeding hearts and takers. There is no turning back now I’m afraid.

      • MrApple

        Ron Paul will save us!

        • Shambhala666

          RAND Paul.

    • BlueGood

      Shock claim: Obama only wants military leaders who ‘will fire on U.S. citizens’

      Barack Obama January 21, 2013 By: Dave Gibson

      http://www.examiner.com/article/shock-claim-obama-only-wants-military-leaders-who-will-fire-on-u-s-citizens?cid=db_articles

      Got this heads up from therightscoop just now….

      • Shambhala666

        Ah, but will the rank and file?

    • Guest

      I’m confused how is the ever so slight possibility of additional gun purchasing restrictions leading to every nutbag in the country going out and clearing the shelves of ammo Obamas fault? How about the nutbags blame them selves for being nutbags.

      • Ronald

        Everything is Obama’s fault. Didn’t you know? Seriously though, Obama has things to answer for, but this is pure fear that is creating a “run on the bullets.”

  • JustLikeAnimals

    Welcome to the government buy-up program. It’s an effective form of gun control, and the media has been rife with stories of massive ammo purchases by federal agencies. They didn’t buy the ammo for their own use. It’s Hussein’s creative way of changing the game of gun control. Gin up the fear so consumers run everything off the shelves, then watch how long it takes to refill the retail outlets while most of the manufacturers are busy fulfilling their fat government contracts. Buy ’em if you can find ’em. It’s gonna be a long winter.

    Meantime, if you need ammo, call the Social Security Administration, Secret Service, DSS, HSA, NOAA, DEA, FBI, CIA, FAA, etc. They got lots but I doubt they’ll share. =)

    • Rob

      Not that I don’t put it past this administration (“We get not only gun control but we also get to spend our Grandchildren’s money? Sign me up!) But there is no way they can buy ALL or even half of the ammo produced in the country.
      Besides, it has the Apple effect. (A product is sold out everywhere, I have to purchase one!)

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        Rob, when they signed the government contracts to supply those hundreds of thousands of rounds, they automatically became the priority order for the company. What about this administration would lead you to believe that this wasn’t a planned event? Was it the thousands of rifles allowed to “walk” into Mexico?

        • SDN

          Sorry, but there is no law or procurement reg that sets priorities like that.

          • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

            If you’ll reread my post, I mentioned no law or reg. It’s the law of supply and demand. No business that actually gets paid on time by “Uncle” is going to risk losing out on future gubmint contracts by failing to fulfill them on time. Big order customers are always going to get better treatment. That’s just how it is.

            I say “actually gets paid”, to exclude those in medicine, who routinely get screwed by Uncle.

      • JustLikeAnimals

        They purchased literally billions of rounds in the last 6 months. That take out of the manufacturing and supply chain, then add all the fear mongered up by the ramp up of Hussein & Co.’s gun-grabbing agenda and it’s enough to sop up the marketplace fairly quickly. And now that the ammo manufacturers are obligated to fulfill their fat government supply contracts, expect to see ammo distributors and retailers on inventory “allocation” for the near future. None of that is by accident or a function of legitimate market forces. It’s a form of soft gun-control. Buy all the hardware you want, but it’s an expensive paperweight without the ammo.

        Better take a tactical class on pistol-whipping.

        • mike_in_kosovo

          Incorrect – the ammunition contracts are multi-year, and the millions of rounds mentioned are over the course of the entire contract, not as a single delivery.

  • Rob

    The best part? This stuff is made in America! When people buy ammo and guns (sans Glocks, AKs, etc) over iPads, America gets to keep all of that money.
    Not only an amazing salesman, that Obama, but this is the best he has done for our economy in 4 years!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pjcitro Paul J. Citro

    Obama will get his way one way or another.

  • michael s

    Blame Pres Obama, instead of Adam lanza the white terrorist who killed 26 people.

    • carla5731

      The blame is rightly placed with Obama. He has decided that it’s more important to attack law-abiding gun owners than it is to go after criminals or to make sure that society is protected from mentally unstable individuals like Lanza, Cho and Loughner–all of whom demonstrated violent tendencies before shooting anyone.

      • michael s

        Cho was 2007. Both he and loughner were documented mentally ill people. The batf FBI Arizona and Virginia Leos and mental health officials didn’t do their jobs.

        • carla5731

          You’re missing the point, which doesn’t surprise me. Obama has a choice, he can (A) continue vilifying law-abiding gun owners or (B) recognize that the people behind the massacres are young men who had a documented history of mental instability which preceded the violence. He picked A, which means he’s ignoring the real problem so he can pursue more restrictive firearm regulations.

    • ForTheRepublic

      See, I have no doubt that Adam Lanza’s rampage resulted in increased ammo purchases, but if you honestly think that it has absolutely nothing to do with Mr. Obama’s willingness to use executive orders to override congress on gun rights legislation (and if you honestly believe all he wanted was across-the-board background checks, you’re dumber than you pretend to be to troll here.) then you are a complete fool.

      • michael s

        There are those that feel gun sales have increased even yr since Pres Obama became elected ,because of the immense death threats. Do you think that’s so?

        • MrApple

          Death threats on who?

          • michael s

            Pres Obama. The secret service has stated as a candidate all the way until now Pres Obama has received more deal threats than any other president in the history of the USA.

          • MrApple

            And I guess those threats hold more weight than the threats on the lives of higher up members of the NRA. I guess some life is more important than others.

          • michael s

            The Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies feel the threats against NRA board members aren’t as serious as the threats against Pres Obama. Not I.

        • ForTheRepublic

          Why yes, I do believe the Bush, Palin, Romney, and Ryan families bought more ammo because of death threats. Do you disagree?

          Edit: “There are those”? Nice strawman.

      • MrApple

        Stricter background checks are just another step down that slippery slope of complete lack of firearm rights.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      If this was such a priority, why didn’t he implement these executive orders right after Aurora, Colorado? Oh yeah, he was a chicken shiite in the middle of a campaign that even HE thought he might lose because no electorate could be that stupid twice….only yeah, they can.

      • http://twitter.com/RomeoRN Romeo Guerrero

        Yep… they can. I was SHOCKED too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/noah.lee3 Noah Lee

      what the fuck does lanza’s ethnicity have to do with it?!?
      goddamn, you’ve flown right past jerkoff speed and right into ludicrous.

    • Hiraghm

      There’s enough blame for both. Btw, Lanza wasn’t a terrorist. He didn’t use terror as a weapon. More like he used it as entertainment.

  • annoyinglittletwerp

    In my part of TX you can still find certain ammo. I was able to find several boxes for my revolver-at Academy-but Academy was the ONLY place of the stores I checked that had them.

  • $7421226

    pretty clear that half of America expects to be repelling der fuhrer-wannabe obama’s brownshirted “private army” thugs on our front porches any day now. next will be milk and meat shelves empty = no corn to feed the livestock with = all corn possible goes into ethanol & 3rd World nations –who hate Americans, not into American livestock feed. obama is intentionally beginning to starve America as he creates chaos and division.

    • Mapache

      And where is Obama’s proposed Civilian Defense Corps that he proposed some time ago….

  • $7421226

    obama has purchased over 1.6 BILLION rounds of organ-dissolving HOLLOW POINT ammo along with SNIPER rifle ammo. he has distributed it to HIS federal agencies ON AMERICAN SOIL who answer only to HIM. DHS, IRS, SSA, etc. so you know, HOLLOW POINT ammo is for one thing: killing, and is banned by the Geneva Convention for use in WAR. and yet obama bought 1.6 BILLION rounds = that’s 5 shots to every American man, woman and child in the nation.

    • michael s

      Stop listening to Alex Jones.

      • MrApple

        The truth is the truth no matter where it comes from.

        • mike_in_kosovo

          It has to *be* a true statement, first – not something usually associated with Alex Jones.

          • MrApple

            The documents to prove the HOARDING of 40 and .223 caliber ammo is freely found on the internet. To someone paying attention it would seem that DHS is planning something or at least thinks something dangerous is going to happen in the U.S. very soon.

          • mike_in_kosovo

            And to someone who actually *knows* how military procurement contracts work, it’s not the huge issue it’s being described as by fools like Jones.

            The contracts are multi-year, and the amounts being mentioned are over a 5 year period.

          • MrApple

            Still you must admit this newly formed (in the last 10 years) Department must be getting ready for something, not too unlike FEMA and its fairly recent massive order of MREs and other freeze dried/ dehydrated meals. I don’t believe in coincidences.

          • mike_in_kosovo

            No, I don’t admit that – there’s several subordinate agencies under DHS that the ammo goes to. For someone that talk about paying attention, you seem to only get your information from a single specific source.

          • Hiraghm

            Which agencies under DHS are military agencies?

          • Hiraghm

            Military procurement… for civilian agencies such as DHS?

          • mike_in_kosovo

            My apologies – I should have said ‘Federal’ or ‘government’ procurement contracts rather than ‘military’. Old habits die hard.

          • Rick Hess

            I can find .40 easier than 9mm, .22 LR, .223/5.56. There are the occasional box here and there. Heck, I live near the Bass Pro hq and they are empty, empty, empty except in certain rifle rounds and .38.

    • SDN

      Organ-dissolving? Fool, please.

    • Guest

      Stop watching so much Faux news and reading fear mongering blogs. Also tell your friends to stop clearing the shelves of ammo every time someone sais we should not sell ar15s to people at a gun show with no background check. Yes I own guns. No I am not afraid of restricting their sale.

      Use some common sense and follow the money. Who benefits the most from all of this? The NRA, Gun Store Owners, Gun manufacturers….

      Fear leads to irrational behavior.

      • Hiraghm

        You can restrict the sale of guns you own.
        The government, however, cannot restrict the sale of guns. Background checks are a violation of the 2nd Amendment, already. I have no problem selling AR-15s to people with no background checks, because I still believe the good guys outnumber the bad guys. And I don’t want a single one of us restricted from having an AR-15 when some felon starts banging away with the AR-15 he stole from an illegal alien fresh from Mexico…

      • Ronald

        Fear indeed.

  • rinodino

    OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE SKY IS FALLING!!!! The evil “DARK” mysterious president is coming to get us!!!! OMG OMG!!!!!

    • ForTheRepublic

      Calm down, David. Your racism is showing.

      • rinodino

        I can’t help it, he’s coming to take my guns away from me, OMG OMG!!!! His secret police are knocking at my door now!!!! OMG OMG!!!!!!!

        • Jarhead83

          I would say “Give it some time”, but everyone knows you’re the type of person who would soil his jammies if you even saw someone holding a firearm…

          • MrApple

            He’s left a little yellow trail to follow.

        • http://www.facebook.com/noah.lee3 Noah Lee

          nope, that’s just Kramer wanting to borrow something.

        • Hiraghm

          Gee, maybe we should recognize dave travis’s signs of mental instability before he shoots up a school… ?

    • carla5731

      dave travis is incapable of actually reading the article but feels the need to share his mindless commentary anyway. If MSNBC ever has a pundit slot open he would be perfect for the job.

    • MrApple

      dave travis do you have problems with “dark” people?

    • http://www.facebook.com/noah.lee3 Noah Lee

      you forgot “clean, articulate” DARK president.

  • ceemack

    It’s not just a problem with loaded ammo. I can’t even find components to load my own .223–just a few boxes here and there of the heaviest (i.e., not really suited for the AR-15) and most expensive target bullets are available. M193- and M855-style bullets are nowhere to be found.

    Luckily I already had a bunch of 9mm and .45 auto on hand. But I’m down to a single box (20 rounds) of .223.

    Hunting-only calibers, like .243 and some of the big magnums, can still be found. But I don’t use my rifles to kill deeah, so it looks like I’m SOL.

  • $21367552

    Please do let the rest of the world know when your rights to fight against some hypothetical tyranny existing only in your pea-brains and the paranoid right-wing blogosphere are outweighed by the rights of children not to have their brains blown out while learning arithmetic.

    • Jarhead83

      And you’ll be the first useful idiot to be downsized…so, yeah, good luck with that.

    • MrApple

      Spoken like a mental slave to the Administration.

    • http://www.facebook.com/noah.lee3 Noah Lee

      what mental hospital was forced to release you?!

    • carla5731

      As Ben Shapiro said to Piers Morgan, “The fact that my grandparents and great-grandparents in Europe didn’t fear that is why they’re now ashes in Europe. So this kind of leftist revisionist history, where there’s never any fear of democracy going usurpacious or tyrannical is just – that – it’s fictitious.”

      If you really cared about the children who were killed at Sandy Hook, you’d ask why Lanza’s many signs of mental instability went unheeded.

      • Hiraghm

        I don’t care about his many signs of mental instability. The final signs of his mental instability in his life should have been witnessed by armed adults weighing him down with lead, not cringing and trying to protect the children empty-handed.

        Crazies are just as subject to Rule 303 as are sane people.

    • MondaysChild76

      We’ll let you know just as soon as you loony liberals inform us of when your right to privacy is outweighed by the rights of babies not to have their brains sucked out in utero.

    • BeeKaaay

      There’s no tyranny?

      I have no government forcing me to buy health insurance? And not just any health insurance, but health insurance that must cover the slaughter of innocents?

      I have no government forbidding me from buying a 16 oz soda in NYC?

      I have no government forbidding me to remodel my house without a permit?

      I have no government saying that all IT jobs must go to H1B visa holders and not Americans?

      I have no government saying that all manufacturing is to be done in China?

      I have no government saying that all oil and gas jobs are to go outside of the USA borders?

      I have no government saying that all government jobs are to go to cronies?

      I have no government saying that all manual labor jobs are to go to illegal aliens?

      Should I go on? Or is the water not boiling hot enough in the totalitarian pot, Mr. Frog?

    • Hiraghm

      The former protect the latter. The kids at Sandy Hook had their brains blown out BECAUSE of gun control, not in spite of it.

      “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of
      experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past.” – Patrick Henry

      Judging by the past, tyranny is not only likely, but inevitable, given time.

  • CA Oathkeeper

    Absolutely, and sadly, too darn true. I’ve had to go to three different sites to get just over 200 rounds of .45 ACP. No, I’m not a survivalist. I’m just honest about the fact that ammo prices and availability are going to get slimmer and slimmer, for a while. Unless this tide of anti-2nd Amendment stupidity is turned back, you need to take care of your needs as best you can.

  • Guest

    it is preferable to have firearms and not need them,
    than to need firearms and not have them.

    • Hiraghm

      funny how it’s easier to not need them if you have them, isn’t it? Almost like firearms have a deterrent effect or something…

  • lainer51

    loved chavez’s inauguration yesterday..

  • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

    Can’t get a single round of .22LR! It’s a crying shame, because I’ve come to enjoy sport shooting. It’s taken nearly a month to get our bulk 9mm and 40S&W too. :(

    • Hiraghm

      I passed on a nice Mossberg 702 Plinkster the other day for only $120, because I couldn’t find any ammo for it..

      • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

        Mossberg makes some great products! But yeah, if you can’t get the ammo, why buy the gun? Thankfully our area has a guy who deals in ammo reloads. He’s a licensed smith, and his stuff is really high quality, but he doesn’t do .22LR. :(

        • SpinMeNot

          Unfortunately, nobody does .22LR — rimfire ammunition is not reloadable.

          • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

            I was just reading up on ammo yesterday. Rim-Fire verses Center-Fire. And why Center-Fire has become so popular because most of the jackets can be reloaded, like brass. And why steel casings are not often allowed at ranges (they usually police what brass is left behind, then have it reloaded if its in good shape for later use, Recycling! I like it!). So I’m on a list for a couple of boxes of five hundred once a truck comes in. :) I’ve really enjoyed learning the history of guns, and researching what would be a good fit for me and mine. It’s been educational!

          • SpinMeNot

            You bring a smile to an old man’s face. I am glad that there are still folks out there like you that can look upon firearms as something that can provide a learning opportunity as well as being a source of responsible fun. You should consider starting to reload your own ammunition, it isn’t that expensive to get started. It can become expensive (forewarning you.).

          • SpinMeNot

            You bring a smile to an old man’s face. I am glad that there are still folks out there like you that can look upon firearms as something that can provide a learning opportunity as well as being a source of responsible fun. You should consider starting to reload your own ammunition, it isn’t that expensive to get started. It can become expensive (forewarning you.).

  • BeeKaaay

    And the ammo manufacturers are not adding extra shifts because………

  • Rick Hess

    Same problem here in SW Missouri. I have been very lucky in the past couple of days, being able to get 3 boxes of 9mm ball Sat and 2 boxes on Monday. I think they are out or virtually out. I did find out two tricked out AR-10’s, if I could afford them. One is 3200, the other 3k even.
    I’ve had ammo on order for a while and don’t think I’ll see it for several more weeks, and that’s just .22 LR CCR Stingers.

  • http://twitter.com/WSPISFA WSPISFA

    Not only has the Obama Regime done wonders for firearms & ammo sales, they are invested in it, the filthy #GunControl hypocrites: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/22/Hypocrisy-101-Democrats-Vilify-Guns-But-Own-Stock-In-Gun-Companies

  • SDN

    Some of us saw this coming in 2006 when the Copperheads took over Congress and started buying then.

  • fmahoney

    Everyone has money to buy gun but cry broke and can’t find any jobs??? I don’t get it the only winner in this thing is the gun manufacturers. They sell all you idiots guns and make a profit then turn around and sell even more to your government and make a profit. Face the reality market driven economy the market decides who lives and dies. Nothing to do with your president, everything to do with big corps, control of resources, power and intellectuals property. Whatever…

    • http://www.facebook.com/noah.lee3 Noah Lee

      Michael Moore, is that you?!?

    • Hiraghm

      Well, after 4 people were shot in my neighborhood (two in front of my apt building) in as many months, all by FELONS who cannot even legally TRY to buy a gun, I decided I’d better become armed. The decision was solidified when I discovered that the shooting in front of my building took place just before I left for work…

      A month of baloney sandwiches later, I was the proud owner of a $160 Hipoint C9 pistol. I could have gotten a firearm cheaper, but the price was already going up thanks to the gun-grabbers.

      I feel sorry for the honest people who can’t find work and therefore can’t arm themselves.

  • Hiraghm

    There’s a trickle of ammo coming in to my Wal-mart… virtually no .223 or 22LR, but they got in a few boxes of 9mm, .38, .45, and some rifle calibers coming in again. 20 boxes of 9mm Winchester they got in were gone in 10 minutes.

  • walterc

    Think of it as and economic stimulus plan at least for the gun/ammo manufacturing industry.

  • mark

    Glad I purchased 2 boxes of federal bulk ammo a few months ago. Still have some left for my single six.