Colorado

Mar 22, 2013 7:35 PM by Siera Santos, ssantos@koaa.com

Bullets become a scarcity in Colorado

An hour before the doors even opened, eager customers were lined-up outside of Dick's Sporting Goods at 8 a.m. With a coffee in hand, gun-owner Phil Shoyer was toward the end of the line. Like the others, he was waiting to buy ammunition.

"They will probably be gone before I get up there, if they even got any in at all," said Shoyer.

Dick's limits the amount of boxes to three per customer. But the concern is not the "three box limit" for Shoyer.

"Been an outdoor guy all my life, have no criminal record, yet we're treated like criminals when they restrict our rights to buy what we want," Shoyer said.

Just after Governor Hickenlooper addressed the state on Clements' murder on Wednesday, he signed-off on new gun control laws. With national legislation looming, the gun industry's sales have skyrocketed. Some stock market gurus say it's wise to buy shares in sporting goods retailers like Dick's, but Bill Van Keulen, a certified financial planner with Carnick & Kubik, pointed out that firearms are only a small percentage of their overall sales.

"I would go directly to the manufacturers of guns and I would go directly to the manufacturers of ammunition," Van Keulen said.

After all, it's all about supply and demand and, right now, there's a serious demand.

Though the truck carrying the ammo arrived early in the morning, the bullets didn't last long.

"They're all sold out and it's only ten minutes after 9 a.m.," said Rich Bosisio, a Dick's Sporting Goods customer.

 

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