I was required by events to shuttle around Birmingham and its outskirts today, so I made a point of checking in on firearm and ammunition retailers. At Academy Sports in Trussville, this sign was put up about every four feet on the ammo shelves, which were almost bare:
Due To product availability, we are currently limiting purchase quantities on the following:AMMUNITIONThe following ammunition calibers are located at Customer Service and limited to:One (1) box per caliber, three (3) boxes total per customer, per day for: 9mm, 40, 45, .223, 5.56, .308 and 22LRWe are committed to servicing as many customers as possible.
I checked WalMarts in Birmingham, Trussville, Leeds and Pell City. They also had a three box per day maximum imposed, although they had more ammo on the shelves as supplies begin to flow through their system again.
For example, I was told by one manager that they had a relatively large shipment of Winchester 12 Gauge come in yesterday. (This was true of all four stores which are served by the same distribution center.) It consisted of 2.75' and 3" 00 Buckshot and slugs in 5 and 15 round boxes. Even with the restrictions, by this afternoon all four stores were pretty well cleaned out of the shipment. Two managers (one of whom knows me) assured me that the rumors floating around that WalMart is going to stop selling ammunition, or that they are holding product in the warehouses, are categorically untrue.
I chatted with several customers at all the stores I visited and there was no sense of "I-gotta-get-it-before-it-becomes-unobtainium." Rather, most were just "stocking up," as one put it, "because one of these days we're going to have to use it."
One small gunshop had a sign on the door: "No hi-cap magazines for ARs, AKs, etc." While I was leaving, a fellow came up to the door, read the sign, and walked back to his car.