We don't ever see manufacturers or distributors raise their prices in response to panic buying fueled by possible new legislation. We also leave our prices alone and just lean on our large inventory.
I understand that they (Big Box Stores) have to answer to their shareholders and look at what really pays the bills (apparel and sports gear) but to cave in immediately, surprises me. They should just hire a really good PR firm and release a statement that reads that everything they sell is 100% legal and they follow all Federal mandated background checks and laws. Refuse to use the left's term "assault weapon" and go about their business. Point out that MSRs (Modern Sporting Rifles) are more popular than ever thanks for the huge explosion in competitive shooting like Three Gun. MSRs are also now the most popular platform for varmint hunting and home defense.
The left has done a good job at demonizing these rifles that we used to see people be almost embarrassed when buying one, they would often make excuses to justify it, like it is only an investment in case they get banned. They were primarily not gun enthusiast, they were casual hunters or sporting clay guys but it always amazed me at how people from other walks of life viewed these guns compared to how I view them. I can only imagine how non hunters and non gun owners view them as they have no gun IQ as demonstrated by Katie Couric in her creatively edited gun documentary in which they broke multiple Federal laws.
We need Academy to step up to the plate and defend their stance on gun sales and the Second Amendment not cower down and hide everything including toys that might offend a soccer mom and form an internal database of everyone buying 10 boxes or more of "assault ammo". When someone walks into our store and ONLY buys 10 boxes we assume they are just going to the range for a few hours. We sell a plastic ammo cam with form fitted foam insert that holds 15 standard capacity (30 rds) mags. We even load them for our customers, so for $349.95 you get a MTM plastic transport case and 15 loaded Troy mags. We even have it set up so our customers can exchange the case of empty mags for a fresh new loaded one (kinda like a propane exchange).