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Firearms shelves empty despite weapon, ammunition import surge

China 2728 European Union 704 Industrials - Aero/Defense 183 Russia 94 Turkey 54 U.S. 4848

U.S. firearms retailers are running low on stocks after a surge in demand for weapons and ammunition during the pandemic and ahead of the general elections. FBI background checks reached a record high in December of 3.94 million applications after rising by 34.1% year over year. U.S. imports of handheld weapons climbed 64.8% year over year in the three months to Nov. 30. Supplies from the EU led the way, accounting for 42.1% including shipments linked to Beretta and Umarex. Imports from Turkey grew fastest with a 245% rise including imports associated with Armscor. Imports of ammunition ...

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