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The world’s largest supplier of firearms on Thursday said that it had experienced “unprecedented” demand for AR-15 ammunition magazines after a similar weapon was used to slaughter 20 6- and 7-year-old children at a school in Connecticut.

In a statement on the AR15.com forum, Brownells spokesperson Jason Corpus apologized to customers for delays in fulfilling their orders of assault weapon clips.

It is specifically the shooting at Sandy Hook that has provided the impetus for this huge run on high-capacity magazines.
Corpus explained that the company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) computer system had been flooded with orders after the tragedy in Connecticut.
As the national discussion proceeds in the shadow of Sandy Hook, expect these items and anything lse that is the focus of any sort of alteration in regulation to sell in record numbers.

Those who want thse things intend to stock up in order to have them AFTER a ban or prohibition, or regulation or law that changes one's ability to have or obtain them is discussed, let alone enacted.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 09:56:05 AM PST

  •  I wonder if those companies (1+ / 0-)
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    xxdr zombiexx

    ever considered the positive publicity they might get were they to withdraw those items from sale.

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    by twigg on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 10:04:07 AM PST

  •  it could be good for the economy except (0+ / 0-)

    these magazines are generally made overseas

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 10:13:52 AM PST

  •  Magazines, Not Clips. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    BachFan

    I knew she was the gal for me as soon as she laid her eyes on me. Right on me shoulder, she did. Popped the buggers right out her head, and laid em on me shoulder. She's a sweet heart, that gal.

    by glb3 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 10:17:55 AM PST

    •  The story used the term "clip" (0+ / 0-)

      I use "magazine".

      All hairs finely split.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 11:17:34 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  There is a difference (2+ / 0-)
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        dougymi, Kentucky Kid

        In order to engage gun owners on the issues, I believe it is important to use the correct terminology for these items. They will begin to take you a little more seriously if you do.
        Some firearms use clips, others use magazines, none use "bullet holders".

        I knew she was the gal for me as soon as she laid her eyes on me. Right on me shoulder, she did. Popped the buggers right out her head, and laid em on me shoulder. She's a sweet heart, that gal.

        by glb3 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 11:26:08 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Pmags (0+ / 0-)

    This is true, in fact sales are through the roof on everything.  I went to buy some Magpul PMAG's.  These are what many consider to be top of the line AR Magazines.  Typically these sell for around $15 a magazine, less if you buy them like I do and get a 10 pack (Mags don't last forever so having extras is always a good idea in case one isn't locking in correctly you can just toss it).  Every store, and I mean every store online is completely sold out.  In fact, I have seen them for sale online for over $500 / 10 pack by private sellers.  AR-15's are selling in record numbers and most places are completely sold out, AK-47 knock offs, same thing.  Ammunition can't be found online, again, completley sold out.  I reload my own ammunition (This is a dying craft and typically there are plenty of supplies to be found) and even these materials are gone.  Luckily I also melt and cast my own lead and lead is still easy to find.  I think this is underscoring something that no one ever wants to discuss.  Those who own weapons are gearing up and grabbing everything they can.  If gun control is going to be discussed at this point it needs to be discussed carefully and I think any type of gun confiscation is a terrible idea because there will be blood.  There must be an answer that allows people to maintain their right to bear arms and at the same time helps us protect ourselves against gun crime.  I know there is a compromise out there that doesnt include a weapons ban and I am very interested in hearing ideas on it that don't include bans.  

  •  If Congress lacks the will or courage to ban (4+ / 0-)

    assault weapons or large clips, they should impose a heavy, very heavy excise tax on both the weapons, ammunition and clips.  I'm thinking something like 500 or 1000 per cent.  We can certainly use the tax code to provide a disincentive to purchase these Weapons of Mass Destruction.

    Offering this opinion will likely put me on someone's shit list, but, I really don't care.  LaPierre this morning proposed armed guards in every school.  What next, we have already had a shooting at a UU church, and a Sikh temple.  Will we need to hire armed guards to guard every church, synagoge, mosque and temple?  Quite a few years ago, someone came to a McDonald's in California and shot it up, killing, if my memory serves correctly, 27 people were killed.  Do we put an armed guard in every McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Hardee's and DQ?  How about every retail outlet and gas station?  If one target hardens, some other one will appear soft, creating an incentive for an unbalanced person with WMD's to consider that a target.  Funeral homes?

    You can take that argument as far as you want to, and when you do, the answer seems to be you have to make the effort to change the culture, and make it more difficult over time for unbalanced people to get these Weapons of Mass Destruction.

    The US Army shoot-up in Texas a few years ago had nearly every person in the room trained in warfare and in the use of weapons and it happened anyway.  I think 13 people died in that event.

    You really have to change the culture.  We won't change the whole culture, but some little piece of it must change because what we have isn't working.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 10:34:18 AM PST

  •  Just another reason to make items (0+ / 0-)

    that are in possession on the date that the law comes into effect illegal.  Or highly taxable. Or forfeitable.

    What kind of people are buying these things so they can beat the ban? That's the story I want to hear.

  •  The last AWB caused (2+ / 0-)
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    xxdr zombiexx, Otteray Scribe

    those items to skyrocket in price. We're seeing people investing in a commodity that will increase greatly in value if/when new ones are prohibited from retail sale.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 11:19:16 AM PST

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