In Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick has proposed limiting residents to one gun purchase a month and barring magazines with room for more than seven bullets.
For gun enthusiasts, the rising demand has not only made it difficult to buy certain new weapons, it has increased the cost of using guns they already own.
Dan Sullivan, 55, of Groton, said ammunition for some popular rifles and handguns has become so pricey that he switched to smaller-caliber rifles, which use less-expensive bullets, for target practice at a shooting range.
Rounds for Sullivan’s AR-15 and his wife’s rifle that used to sell for 35 to 45 cents each are now fetching about $1. That can add up to a couple hundred dollars for an outing with family and friends, he said.
“There’s practically no ammunition on sale at retailers,” Sullivan said. “And if you can find it, it’s two times what you could buy it for normally.”
As for tracking down a few more handguns to round out his collection, Sullivan has searched several stores in recent weeks without luck.
“Everyone is really bare,” he said. “It’s pretty frustrating.”