This past weekend, following up on a comment on a board to which I belong, I took a trip to my local sporting goods store.
For reference, these is a regional chain that carries the typical full scope of exercise and outdoor equipment: all manner of sports, home training, camping, fishing, and clothing.
My curiousity in going was that I had read that ammunition was completely gone in stores. I was curious and wanted to verify the accuracy.
New Home is a state where on the whole, guns are ammunition are relatively straightforward to procure. In the past, shelves were full and racks were loaded with weapons. Ammunition was generally readily available and ready to pick up.
If there were any to pick up.
For all handguns and long guns, there were perhaps 18 boxes of ammunition - total. And they were in rather unusual calibers, not the sort of thing that one usually shoots. Shotgun ammunition was in somewhat better shape - probably at least 30 or more boxes - but in only one of two calibers: 12 gauge and 28 gauge.
In terms of arms themselves, they were also fairly stripped: of the wall behind the counter, about two thirds of the holders for rifles were empty and the remaining holders were split between rifles and shotguns - but no more than maybe a dozen. Handguns under the counter were about the same amount, although like the wall, there were one or two empty sets of counters.
Out of a mild interest, I may check out a couple more outdoor sports stores to see if the results are similar.
If one did not know better, one would think a serious civil disturbance is coming - at least, that is what market seems to be saying on the ground.