Ammo drought: Box of .9mm ammo has shelf life of about five minutes

May 27, 2013

At High Bridge Arms on Mission Street, the only gun store in San Francisco, a box of .9mm ammo has a shelf life of about five minutes.

“It used to take us a month to sell 5,000 rounds,” general manager Steve Alcairo said of the most popular caliber. “Now, we go through that in a week — when we can get them.”

Driven by intense consumer demand — which, in turn, has been driven by fear of a legislative crackdown in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy — the Bay Area and the country are in the midst of an unprecedented ammunition shortage.

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