Inflation is officially impacting your Second Amendment rights.
Over the past year, we’ve seen a number of things that have made a cost increase for firearms, ammunition, body armor, and related items simply inevitable. For one, the demand for all of these items has skyrocketed. Year after year, we’ve reported on the explosion in the number of background checks, indicating a surge in the number of first-time gun buyers. Now, we’re seeing the cost of everything go up — including the raw materials needed to manufacture everything we just mentioned.
Since the onset of the pandemic, the federal government under both former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden has set new records in public spending. This included several rounds of stimulus checks for taxpayers as well as extended unemployment benefits. The bailout was intended to assist Americans who were struggling as a result of forced business closures and other restrictions, but at this point it’s well-known that many simply took advantage of the system. Even with pandemic-related restrictions being eased or outright eliminated throughout the country, there are those who push to extend the benefit programs even further. This is putting a strain on supply chains in every industry — including gun makers.
This is where we tell you that things could have been a lot worse — because it’s true. During the initial lockdowns, then-President Trump pushed for exceptions to be made for gun makers. The Second Amendment, he argued, doesn’t suddenly disappear during a time of national emergencies. If nothing else, the ability to defend yourself, your family, and your property becomes even more essential. Gun stores were able to remain open — and it was during this time that we saw the massive spike in purchases.
At this time, we just don’t know when the market will correct itself. With the price of raw materials as high as they are, you can expect a semi-permanent increase in the price for all defense-related products. There will certainly be a correction in time, but in the mean time — take care of the guns you already have.
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