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Gun and ammunition for sale at Xtreme Gun and Pawn in Boone. Photo by Caroline Harris

Originally published: 2013-08-21 23:13:56
Last modified: 2013-08-21 23:14:39

Guns and economics 101: Scarcity and demand of firearms and ammunition in the High Country

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The impact of the nationwide gun and ammunition shortage is being felt in the High Country. Inconvenient for gun owners, the most common and inexpensive caliber ammunition, particularly 22s, are the most difficult to find. Local stores that sell firearms and ammunition say fear has been the primary reason for the shortage.

“I’ve had people in here the last couple of weeks from as far as Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New York, all over, and it’s the same story. They’ve stopped at every store. Everybody is just scared to death and buying everything they can buy, as much as they can buy,” Personal Touch owner Bryan Teaster said. “We get people that come in and try to buy everything we have. No haggling, just ‘I’ll take it all.’ People are that scared or that desperate.”

Xtreme Gun and Pawn owner Dennis Thomas reported having the same problems with keeping ammunition in stock.

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