COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A local gun store owner said Monday the crisis in Crimea is to blame for a shortage of ammunition imported from Russia.
Over the weekend, Russia completed the takeover of Crimea. Ukrainian troops were forced to surrender as Russians moved in. The acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister called the situation more explosive than it was a week ago.
Paradise Sales owner Paul Paradis said the crisis in Crimea could impact his bottom line. He said his suppliers are out of ammunition imported from Russia.
"We probably sell more of these types of Russian ammunitions then any two or three of their quote 'american calibers,'" said Paradis.
Right now Paradise Sales can't get several types of Russian-made ammunitions from its suppliers.
"I have no body that has any that I deal with across the country so it's pretty much been all bought out," said Paradis.
He isn't sure if the shortage can be attributed to lack of shipments from Russia, or nervous gun sellers snatching up supplies.
"Whenever people are afraid that something might not be available in the future they are going to buy up everything they can at time so we are seeing a big rush on eastern-block ammunitions," said Paradis.
Three other gun store owners said they haven't noticed an impact on their inventory from the crisis. Jeff Lepp with Specialty Sports and Supply in Colorado Springs said he was not worried and did not plan on increasing his orders of Russian-made ammunition from his suppliers.
Paradis said it's too early to tell if this crisis in Crimea will have a long-term impact on some of his store's most popular products. He said there are other Eastern European countries capable of producing similar ammunition at a similar price.