In the United States, a record sales of firearms have been recorded since the beginning of 2020. This is a consequence of concerns over the pandemic, increasing violence and social unrest that has shaken America in recent years. The country is drastically running out of ammunition, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.
According to Panjiva, a company that collects and analyzes trade data, US ammunition imports from Russia, the European Union and South Korea have increased by 225 percent in the past two years. The AP added that while manufacturers are trying to produce as many firearms as possible, store shelves are rapidly becoming empty and ammunition prices are rising.
The FBI recorded a drastic increase in arms sales in 2020, informing about 39.7 million vetting procedures. From January to June 2021, 22.2 million of such proceedings accompanying the purchase of weapons have already been documented. For comparison, throughout 2010 there were 14.4 million of them.
Shortage of ammunition – consequences
Shortages in ammunition have an impact on the education of gun owners – including the uniformed services. “Many instructors have canceled our courses because their companies are out of ammunition and can’t buy anywhere,” said AP Jason Wuestenberg, director of the National Law Enforcement Firearm Instructors Association (NLEFIA). – Going to the shooting range is about more than hitting the target. Shooters learn the basics of aiming their weapons in a safe direction and not keeping their fingers on the trigger until they are ready to take the shot, ”he explained.
According to the American organization Brady, which works against gun violence, 106 people are shot fatally in the United States every day, 95 people are intentionally shot (survive), and 64 people die as a result of suicide with firearms.
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