Metal Gear Armory manager Tyler Hendricks shows the empty wall racks and shelving that used to be fully stocked with ammo and guns at his store in Lancaster on Friday.

Joe Reamsnyder can always predict that gun and ammunition sales will spike every four years. Election season tends to drive some folks to stock up, he said.

But Reamsnyder, owner of Westerville firearms store Velocity Works, said he never could have guessed what 2020 would bring. The coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest and election season have all severely affected stocks of guns and ammunition this year.

“All I can tell you is that I take 25 to 30 phone calls a day asking when I’ll have more ammo, and the answer is always, ‘I don’t know,'” Reamsnyder said.

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Velocity Works’ website prominently declares its ammo shortage on the homepage with a message reading: “WE HAVE NO AMMO IN STOCK OR FOR SALE WHATSOEVER AND HAVE NOT HAD ANY FOR MONTHS.”

This shortage of guns and ammunition isn’t just affecting central Ohio gun owners. As the United States is set to continue its record-breaking year of firearms sales, ammunition shortages have been reported nationwide.