As gun shops report shortages of AR-15 ammunition
following the ATF’s proposal to prohibit the sale of steel-tipped
5.56-millimeter bullets, one reader contacted us to report that his
local Walmart had sold out of the ammo despite having substantial stocks
just two weeks ago.
Yesterday it was revealed that the ATF intends to ban
sales of the ammunition, typically used by sports shooters, in the name
of protecting law enforcement officers from “the threat posed by
ammunition capable of penetrating a protective vest.”
Gun stores immediately reported that people were panic
buying cases of the bullets, with Ryan Cook, manager of Eagle Armory in
Springfield, noting that suppliers were telling him “there was none available to order”.
It appears as though some Walmart stores are also beginning to sell out of the same ammunition.
Alex Jones Show listener Monte Bosak contacted us to
relate how his local Walmart in Anchorage, AK went from having “way too
much” of the ammo in question two weeks ago, according to the store
clerk, to completely selling out after yesterday’s announcement.
“Two weeks ago, I purchased a thousand rounds of
XM855 62 grain green tip ammo at this exact Walmart location for $350,”
writes Bosak. “While purchasing, I spoke to the lady who works the gun
counter and asked her if she had been selling a lot of it. $350/1k
rounds is extremely cheap. She said no they hadn’t been selling much of
it, and that they had many pallets in the back… “way too much” as she
“So that leads us to today (2/26/15) when the Drudge
Report broke the story of the impending executive order to ban this
specific ammunition. Naturally, I went straight to this Walmart after
work to purchase what I could, only to find out that they had “sold
out”. I spoke to the same lady behind the counter, and I spoke to a
manager. Neither of which could look me square in the eye while telling
me they sold out,” adds Bosak, who suspects that Walmart may even have
deliberately “pulled their stock of the ammunition.”
“There’s no way possible in my mind that they sold all that ammunition,” writes Bosak.
Walmart has previously faced accusations that it has
restricted ammunition sales in accordance with the Obama
administration’s gun control agenda, but has denied them every time.
Shortly after the Sandy Hook massacre, reports circulated
that the retail giant had stopped ordering ammunition and would not be
making more sales in anticipation of expected curbs on the second
amendment. Other customers reported that they were told Walmart would
not stock ammunition for assault rifles, only for shotguns.