Rumor Control: Ammo Shortages Revisited

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Rumor Control: Ammo Shortages Revisited

Charlotte, NC –-( As attacks on our Second Amendment rights increase, there is a predictable uptick in the number of internet rumors concerning firearms and ammunition.

In particular, NRA-ILA receives frequent inquiries regarding ammo shortages. 

A rumor that surfaced earlier this year was actually a variation of an old one, and claimed that George Soros owns “most of the ammunition manufacturing companies and many arms manufacturers,” and that he’s “selling ONLY to the government right now.”

This simply isn’t true. As noted in a past statement by the National Shooting Sports Foundation:

“George Soros does not own ANY manufacturers of ammunition or firearms.  No manufacturer of either guns or ammunition has been ordered by the government to limit or alter its supply channels.  All manufacturers are trying their best to catch up to this market, but it’s a simple matter of supply vs. demand.  There is way too much demand for manufacturers to meet with supply.  There is not enough tooling, infrastructure or raw materials at the ready anywhere in the entire world to keep up with current consumer demand.  And that’s why we are seeing shortages.”

Other rumors concern acquisitions of ammunition by the Department of Homeland Security and a number of smaller agencies.  Much of this concern stems from a misunderstanding of the size of the U.S. ammunition market.  While the amount of ammunition some agencies have sought to buy seems impressive at a glance, it’s far less so when spread out over a multi-year contract and over the tens of thousands of armed federal agents who engage in regular firearm training and qualification.  And even if federal agencies bought all of the ammunition for which they’ve recently solicited proposals, it would still amount to only about three percent of total domestic ammunition production.

As we’ve pointed out before, most gun owners will agree that skepticism of government is healthy.  But today there are more than enough actual threats to the Second Amendment to keep gun owners busy.
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

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Have you forgot the so called GAS SHORTAGE in the 70s? That’s what is going on. When the cost of ammo gets where the dealers want it then you will be able to buy all you want for a very high price. Just wait and SEE


Here’s something to consider when contemplating the causes of the ammo shortage facing Americans . The head occupier in Washington has just announced his support of the Syrian rebels .
With small arms and ammunition . There goes another untold thousands of rounds of ammo!! He’s pledging support of a radical anti- American Muslim extremist group! By doing so he’s showinghis true colors and they are not anywhere near America’s red white and blue!!!shame on any true American for voting for him and his cronies!


Personally I think its because all the ammunition manufacturing companys can make more money off of the centerfire rounds then they could with rimfire.

m g

How come we aint seeing no imported ammo like wolf.I dont buy this hoarding crap.Somehow the govt. has put a stall on the consumer getting ammo.They even put the local police in the same class because they aint feds.


@ jonny rocket – Oh, yeah, they also keep Osama in their basement playing pool with Saddam, and the aliens are telling the nation’s dentists to install mind-control chips under our tongues.

jonny rocket

talk to obama and holder. they know the answer.

Keith Noble

Work at a gun store , people would buy all we have if we let them. We have three pages of the people that want 22lr they willing pay 50.00 a brick.. 9mm is also very hard to get we save what we get to at least give a buyer of a 9 a box with his new weapon..

Chris Rakes

then why is there a shortage? nobody is buying .22s for 100$ a brick. the overstock would soon take these guys out. if the demand were so great there would be producers that would fill the gap. there are not that many hoarders out there. what is making the shortage?

Mark Harper

When all the popular centerfire ammo became scarce and expensive, people turned to shooting 22LR. Who doesn’t own at least one 22?


Um, I bought it all. Not really, but I do have a pretty good stash, and nearly everyone I’ve spoken with who shoots, or wants to, has bought a lot. The lower cost of .22lr is more of a factor lately than it used to be among those who formerly/usually shot bigger stuff. Bottom line, get it when you can, and figure out how much is a lifetime supply for you and yours and make that your goal. Might not hurt to allow for some trading stock, as well. These thoughts may give you an idea of the numbers and… Read more »

Harvey Meltzer

Can anyone tell me why I cannot find any 22LR. I spent 30Yrs Military, and now am associated with the local Police force. I have never found or seen anyone in these organizations use 22LR in an official capacity.