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Ammo and guns in short supply

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There may be a hold up on your gun order sun control talks continue to cause a panic and manufacturers are swamped.

Some Shelby County gun shops say they receive daily shipments, but not enough to meet the spike in demand. This means buyers could face delays on orders, especially if they're picky shoppers.

"Seems to be the worst timing ever to be looking for a gun," said Jeremy Jackson, who recently took a shot at buying his first handgun, but he hasn't hit his popular target - a 9mm Glock or .40 caliber pistol.

"I did pop into the gun show that was in the AgriCenter Sunday," he said. "Wasn't what I was expecting it to be, kind of called and looked at some websites and thought this would be the easiest lot of people told me try Bass Pro Shop.

No luck inside Bass Pro Shop on Macon Road. Jackson took several pictures inside Bass Pro and saw rows of empty shelves. Out of stock inventory is an image familiar to some other Mid-South gun store owners, too.  

"Having a hard time keeping up with inventory and our back order is just stacks of paperwork," said Jay Hill of Classic Arms Gun Shop.

Hill said the spike in sales started after President Barack Obama's December 2012 speech on gun control.  Now, Hill says 70 percent of their stock is depleted.

With dozens on backorder, Hill says they're at the whim of distributors. While they receive shipments daily, he predicts six months before inventory catches up with the demand.

"For me, nothing to do with the government. I've just wanted to have a gun for protection past few years," Jackson said.

While Hill said they do have each of Jackson's desired gun caliber, they don't have the make. He says brand shoppers these days shouldn't aim for a quick purchase.

"Not in a hurry. I'll keep searching until I find what I want."

The Guns and Ammo Shop on Summer Avenue in Memphis say it's stocked with each of Jackson's guns - model and make. Hill said most of his guns are in stock, but low on ammunition. Bass Pro couldn't say when they'll receive their next inventory.

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