GREEN BAY — Gun sales in Wisconsin are booming and local dealers attribute the increase to concerns about possible future firearms restrictions and the continued economic strife.
Requests for firearms background checks, a good barometer of gun purchases in Wisconsin, are on pace to best 193,000, according to FBI data. Federal authorities handled 96,917 background checks in the first six months of 2009, about 16 percent ahead of the same period last year.
Dan Gussart, owner of Gus's Guns on E. Mason Street, said handguns are the strongest sellers — when he can get them in stock. Inventory of handguns and some rifles is scarce across the country, he said.
As dealers are working through supply problems with firearms, getting ammunition to sell is also challenging.
"You can't get ammunition," Gussart said. "The supply has all dried up. Now with hunting ammunition, they are saying that because the manufacturers are so behind, they're not going to be able to supply the pipeline for the hunters."
Article here. Hopefully, Wisconsin hunters have stocked up already, or this year might be the year to take up bowhunting. :)