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Politics, pandemic, panic: A look at what’s behind the ammo shortage in Colorado Springs


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — The owner of Paradise Sales in Colorado Springs could hardly catch his breath between phone calls Friday. People want to know if the store has ammunition in stock.

Paul Paradis says it’s been that way for six months since the coronavirus pandemic hit southern Colorado. COVID-19 is impacting ammunition production in a major way.

“That has caused a lot of manufacturers to either shut down or slow down,” he said. “I’ve talked to a number of manufacturers and they’re having trouble getting raw materials.”

Paradis believes there are other factors leading to the shortage, like the upcoming election and protests nationwide. 

“At least a third of the people who have bought guns from me in the last six months are new buyers,” Paradis said.

Paradise Sales has a supply of any ammunition a customer could want, but it might not be the brand they prefer. The gun store has limited the amount of ammo it will sell to a single person in an attempt to spread out the supply.

"“I am suffering from not being able to buy as much ammo as I’d like," Craig Nelson, a customer of Paradise Sales, said.

So far, it seems like the ammunition shortage is only impacting recreational shooters. Both the Colorado Springs Police Department and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office tell KRDO they are stocked up on ammo.

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Lauren Barnas



  1. who cares…most of the people who are trying to get ammo are libtards…they should have prepared like most of us Americans did during obumer admin… Zero F’s given

      1. *conservative slowly raising his hand, while standing in front of the 1000’s of.22, 7.62×39 and .45ACP rounds he stockpiled during the previous administration..*

      2. Why does he need evidence? You wouldn’t even believe it if he did! The only thing you believe is what MSM tells you. By the way, MSM is actually far worse for “real news” than Facebook. All I have to do is give you some liberal garbage and you’d fall for it like a trump supporter on fox news!

        1. I’ve told you before, but you don’t seem able to comprehend it, that I get my information from multiple sources, and not just in the U.S. And I double check everything before I repeat it, which is why I’m actually quiet a lot of the time, if I can’t verify information.

  2. Guy is “suffering” from not being able to buy ammunition? 😂
    Please. Learn to make your own damn bullets.

    1. Makes sense, except not all ammunition can be made outside of a well-fitted factory. And you still need the raw materials, so if a raw material shortage is the issue, then someone who can make their own will run into the same problem sooner or later.

    2. I want to take the plunge and reload, but dont really know where to start or what machine I want to purchase. Ive friends that reload and they say its relaxing and easy to get lost in how much precision you want. One of my guys make some mean 12 gauge 00 buck, been having him make some flechet as well

  3. “At least a third of the people who have bought guns from me in the last six months are new buyers,”
    I’d like to know how that compares to similar periods in previous years. A single data point doesn’t indicate a trend…

  4. Yes, the ignorant Gun and ammo buyers..

    “Give me 5 cases of those 9M&Ms– those should work great on my Rooger 22nd. And I will take your last box of 22-250s. That number is pretty close to 223 so it should work in my Ack-47.”.

      1. It’s better than your typical liberal holier than-thou attitude. Nobody likes you, I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again– your type are Racists

        1. I just happen to be a lot better informed, more intelligent, and better educated than most people here. So if people don’t like me, that’s their loss. But what do you mean by “your type”? I’m not a racist, and I challenge you to show me one comment I’ve made that would show I’m in any way racist.

        2. I understand that some people don’t like me, but that’s because they don’t like to be told the truth, especially when it comes to our pathological Liar-in-Chief in the White House.

    1. I member when spam cans of Soviet 7.62×39 and 7.62x54r were $60-$80. Those were the days… Like a couple years back at most 🙂

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