Gun retailers aim to plug yearlong bullet shortage

Weapons sellers say gun enthusiasts won't have to bite the bullet much longer, as a nearly yearlong nationwide ammunition shortage may be winding down. "We're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel," said DeWayne Irwin, owner of Cheaper Than Dirt, a Fort Worth store and online retailer.

Demand for guns and ammo began growing last year before the November presidential election, partly because many gun owners were concerned that President Obama and Democrats in Congress would reinstate an assault weapons ban or drastically raise taxes on ammunition, guns and firearms materials.

"It was the new politics and the fear of the unknown," said Robert Parks, store manager at the Alpine Shooting Range in Fort Worth. "That's what triggered this. It was the not knowing if they were going to be able to purchase handguns or be taxed more."

Also:

-- Gun store owners report slowing sales; http://www.citizensvoice.com/news/1.308834

-- Erie area gun shops running short on ammunition; http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091004/NEWS02/310049942

-- Ammo business exploding for ATK; http://www.sltrib.com/business/ci_13464639

-- Local Gun Owners Concerned over Ammo Shortage; http://www.fox43.com/news/wpmt-pmnews-ammoshortage-10-04-09,0,5022147.story