WND visited Cabela’s Sporting Goods in Rogers, Minn., finding very long lines at the enormous gun counter and no evidence of any military-style semi-automatic rifles.
The counter looked more like a butcher shop before a holiday, with shoppers forced to take a number and wait in a long line to ask questions.
A phone survey of many other Minnesota gun dealers found a very brisk sales week and a complete sellout of semi-automatic rifles.
Mike Briggs, owner of Trails End Bass Pro-Shop in Fridley, Minn., told WND that he sold out of semi-automatic weapons.
“To my knowledge, there are no rifles available at a wholesale level anywhere in the country, so I have no idea when we can resupply our inventory,” he told WND.
An Elk River, Minn., Walmart that WND visited had numerous empty spaces on its ammunition shelves.
An unidentified clerk told WND that the store had been completely cleared of .223, 9 mm and .40 caliber ammunition just in the last couple of days.
A customer browsing remaining supplies said, “It’s the end of the world.”
The clerk just shook his head and said, “No, it has nothing to do with the end of the world. People are freaked out by the current president and are preparing for the worst.”
Several calls to gun shops didn’t even yield a live person or an option to leave a message. Instead callers were met with a message saying, “No new orders will be taken.”
A number of other gun retailers were either too busy or unwilling to comment for WND.
A Virginia gun shop said sales were up 400 percent, and a spokesman credited Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., for proposing a ban on certain rifles.