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Tulsa gun shop hit by national ammo shortage

Posted at 6:29 PM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 19:36:45-05

TULSA, Okla. — The FBI reported four million more firearms background checks this year than all of 2019, already. The rush to bear arms is limiting the supply of ammo.

"This has been the biggest unforeseen in the industry that we've seen," Dan Zuschlag, the general manager at Tulsa Firearms, said.

Zuschlag told 2 Works for You he has to limit his customers to one or two boxes of ammo per purchase because distributors are struggling to keep up.

"With a limited availability that does greatly diminish some of that, but we try to stay on top of it as much as we can," Zuschlag said.

He said he first noticed the spike in sales in April after COVID-19 shutdowns.

Zuschlag said a lot of first-time buyers came in his shop. He said they were seeking safety during these trying times in our country.

It is the biggest protection panic he said he has seen since 9/11.

"It started with COVID and then it proceeded with potential riots and the whole defunding the police movement," Zuschlag said. "It got a lot of people that maybe were never gun buyers in the past to really think about their personal safety of themselves and their families."

He told 2 Works for You the high sales were welcome at first, but now his long-standing customers are spending less time at the indoor shooting range to save the ammo.

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