Assault rifles are selling out, according to reports and sources say its because of high demand and fear of a looming assault rifle ban in the U.S.
Based on the accounts of many gun store owners, the supply can't keep up with the demand. Gun store owner Dennis Pratte says,
"Our phones are ringing every 10 seconds and people are saying, 'Do you have any assault rifles?They've sold out of just about every gun shop nationwide and just about every distributor is out of stock."
"The retail market is completely sold out of anything with high-capacity magazines," said Pratte. We get people 20-deep waiting to buy."
Pratte stated that AR-15's are sold even before he can put them on the wall. Handguns as well as high-capacity magazines are also selling very well, he said.
Online retailers stock of magazines containing 30, 60 and 100 rounds are no longer available, says CNN.
Surefire.com has a notice that reads,
"Due to tremendous demand, high-capacity magazine orders will be delayed,"
Later this week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D) is planning on putting the ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004 back on the table. If successful, the ban will outlaw the sale and manufacture of some semiautomatic rifles, handguns and shotguns, as well as magazines capable of holding 10 or more rounds.
Earlier this year, President Obama said that he will support an assault weapon ban, which is why assault rifles are selling out.
The Newtown massacre was the main catalyst of the recently heated gun debates. Pro-gun rights activists claim that guns aren't the problem, and that people should stop blaming inanimate objects for these murders. What do you think about the controversial gun debates going on in the U.S.?