Supply Chain Issues of the COVID-19 Pandemic Before the COVID-19 pandemic, shoppers could opt for imported ammunition if they couldn't get products from their favorite US brands. However, the ongoing pandemic has disrupted international supply chains, leading to the importation of ammunition into the United States. UU. Example video title will go here for this video WASHINGTON A gun owner from Virginia told us that a gun without bullets is just a hammer.
And when the supply of ammunition cannot meet demand, you end up with a lot of hammers. Simmons says uncertainty at the start of the pandemic over possible shortages of food and supplies drove demand. Empty ammunition racks became their own cause of anxiety, and conspiracy theories began to spread on social media about who could really be behind the shortage. So VERIFY looked up the answers.
What if the government is inventing ammunition shortages to prevent gun owners from buying ammunition? Is the government causing a shortage of firearm ammunition to keep bullets from law-abiding Americans? Not. Shortage is driven by unprecedented demand and, to a lesser extent, by hoarding and panic buying. Keane is General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Public and Government Affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). NSSF is a firearms industry trade association and gun rights lobbying group based in Newtown, Connecticut.
Keane directly told us that the conspiracy theory that the government is behind scarcity is just that, a conspiracy theory, with no factual backing. The gun enthusiasts we talked to for this story said they were familiar with the theory and had heard it from others, but they told us that there is nothing true about it. The military told us that it has not had any major problems in the ammunition supply chain, explaining that most of its supply comes from manufacturing and contracts isolated from the supply of civilian ammunition. Shawn Poulin owns NOVA Armory in Arlington, Virginia.
He tells us he thinks people are hoarding ammunition, and he drew the same parallels with toilet paper by explaining the shopping habits he has witnessed. According to firearms coach Dave Simmons, people are not necessarily hoarding, but rather overpreparing. Simmons told us that he thinks there are people out there who believe in online conspiracies that a civil war is imminent, and that they need to prepare for it. But apart from the doomsday preppers, some gun owners we talked to told us that it's not uncommon for a normal shooter to have a couple of thousand bullets on hand to go to the shooting range.
But gun control advocates say this is cause for concern. Ammunition is largely unregulated in the United States. On top of that, no one keeps track of how much ammunition is in basements, including the Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The NSSF estimates that at least 12 billion rounds of ammunition are manufactured annually in the United States.
After buying it, there is no way to track where it goes. Chelsea Parsons is Vice President of Gun Violence Prevention at the Center for American Progress. And you are worried about the danger that can come with buying and storing ammunition in bulk. YouTube videos proudly show huge ammunition stockpiles.
For those without weapons, images of tens of thousands of cartridges can be shocking. But Keane stresses that this is not only constitutional, but it is normal for many gun owners. Therefore, we can verify that it is categorically false that the United States, on the other hand, is driven by massive market factors and general anxiety about the origin of the next box of ammunition. Download the WUSA9 app to have breaking news, weather and important stories right at your fingertips.
Notifications can be turned off at any time in the browser settings. Dan Morton, who operates an ammunition service called Ammo Squared, theorizes that once gun owners had enough ammunition for small arms and self-defense, they began working on building stockpiles for their other firearms. .