Panic Buying After Vegas Shooting

Panic Buying After Vegas Shooting

After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, why didn’t gun owners go into panic buying mode?  Maybe it was because Republicans control both houses of congress, and President Trump declared himself a friend of the NRA?

Or, could the lack of panic buying been caused by something else?

In the days following the Sandy Hook shooting, everywhere was sold out.;  Some people may say, “You just had to know where to look.”  No, it was just a matter of being lucky.  Online stores who had hundreds of magazines in stock, were sold out in seconds after the Sandy Hook shooting.

Besides being sold out, various online gun stores pulled their stock of AR-15 rifles.  Cheaper Than Dirt pulled their online inventory, and edited their gun pages to say, “Cheaptherthandirt does not sell firearms.”

Cheaper Than Dirt

Screenshot of shortly after the Sandy Hook shooting. Screenshot taken by Kevin Felts.


It was as if numerous gun stores attempted to separate themselves from the AR-15.

After Vegas Shooting

Bump stocks are sold out, and there was rumors saying high capacity Pmags were sold out.  However, as of October 13, 2017, there are numerous 60 round magazines and drums available.  There are even some of the old 90 round drums available.

Before the Vegas shooting, numerous online stores were running sales on AR-15 magazines.

After the Vegas shooting, prices remained the same and sales were continuing,

One Republican introduced a ban on bump stocks.  Upon first glimpse, the bill does not seem to have widespread support.

Something else I noticed, there is none of this “Get them while you can” nonsense on magazines.

Final Thoughts

So, why wasn’t there widespread panic buying after the Vegas shooting?  I am sure there was some panic buying, but not enough to make a dent in current inventories.

Is it because we have a Republican President?

Is it because the GOP controls both houses of congress?

Maybe the market is saturated from eight years of Obama?

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October 13, 2017 at 11:54AM


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