Yesterday, when I picked up my lower, I met up with SCI-FI at the fun store. He arrived shortly before I did, and called me to let me know that there was a deli-counter style number outside the door and that he'd grabbed two tickets for us. We both knew that the shop would be busy on a Saturday; we hadn't countered on just how busy it would be.
His number was 64. When he walked into the store, they were on number 40.
We got to the store at ~ 3:10. At 4:00, when they closed, they were just getting to our numbers. The store was wall-to-wall people. We saw several women buying what appeared to be their first firearms; one who was getting a CCW piece; numerous EBRs being sold; the one thing we didn't see much of was ammunition being sold - because there plain wasn't any. They had no 9mm nor .22LR in the store whatsoever; .45 ACP there were a few boxes left - because they'd gotten a shipment that day; I did see some .38 Special available, which I was almost tempted to grab but at $25/box of 50 rounds, I can wait to see what happens...
This is in Massachusetts, folks. Not Texas or Florida. Massachusetts. Standing room only and an hour plus long wait to buy whatever it was they had on the shelves. A S&W ORC M&P15 was on the shelf for $1,500. WASR-10s were selling for $1,000. Glocks - which already command a premium in MA and sell used for more than new in Free America - were selling for $700. For a used G22.
I forget who made the comment - Tam, perhaps? - that people aren't buying these guns to turn them in. At the prices being asked - and I can only assume that these prices are being met, as inventory seems to be moving pretty briskly - folks aren't looking at this as an investment. Here in MA, even, we're facing a ban very similar to that in place in NY - where those $50 "pre-ban" magazines will instantly because forbidden - and yet weapons with capacities in excess of 10 rounds (7 rounds) are still flying off the shelves.
Either there's misplaced confidence that our representatives will grow some semblance of sanity, or there's massive civil disobedience on the horizon.
That is all.