Trigger Happy Americans: 3 1/2 Years of Ammunition Magazines Sold in 72 Hours

With gun safety rules and regulations being on the tip of consumer tongues around the world this Christmas, the demand for said weapons seem to be far outreaching the supply.

According to a new Los Angeles Times article:

Brownells Inc., which claims to be the world’s largest supplier of firearms accessories and gunsmithing tools, said it has sold 3 1/2 years worth of ammunition magazines in three days.

Consumer demand has been “unprecedented” recently, according to a statement attributed to company President Pete Brownell on gun owner forum AR15.com.

Police say Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle on Dec. 14, when he went on a shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn. that left six adults and 20 children dead. He also killed his mother and himself.

In the AR15.com post, Brownell said he and his staff “absolutely apologize” for an order backlog on the company’s website that is slowing down usually instantaneous transactions.

“The demand for magazines actually exceeded the ability for the system to keep up with the volume that was being ordered,” he wrote.

“We’re working like crazy to get these orders to you as quickly as possible,” he added.

Could the demand for Adam Lanza’s exact gun type used in the Newtown school massacre be the reason behind such a season of sales for AR-15? Take a look at these statistics from the article:

Gunmaker Smith & Wesson’s stock is down 15 percent since the rampage. Competitor Sturm Ruger has slipped nearly 9 percent.

A few prominent stores in Connecticut will not be rushing to fill AR-15 orders as we turn the clock into the new year. On the list: Cabela’s, Wal-Mart, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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