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Olathe man’s ammo shortage solution proves profitable

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OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

Gun owners know bullets are getting harder and harder to buy, but a local man has come up with a solution that's blowing up in popularity.

It's a hobby that's getting more and more popular and, unfortunately for gun enthusiasts, more and more expensive. Prices of many common ammunition, like 9 mm and .22 long rifles, are through the roof and supply is so tight many stores can't keep enough inventory in stock.

Because of this, many shooters are turning to the internet to get what they need and now an Olathe, KS, native is turning good timing and hard work into a thriving business.

"At this point I am shocked with how much traffic and how many sales I'm making on GunCycle," Robert Ralph with guncycle.com said.

He launched the website from his home in Johnson County last month. It's similar to eBay in that Ralph facilitates auctions between buyers and sellers looking for guns, ammo and accessories.

"It bridges the gap between what's available locally and nationally," customer Joshua Parris said.

Parris uses the site to help him find supplies he can't find at his local gun shop. He's been shooting for years and said he's never had such a hard time tracking down what he needs.

"I've never seen it this tough for me personally," Parris said.

For those weary about guns falling into the wrong hands, Ralph said his site adds an extra layer of security. No gun is shipped directly to the buyer - instead it's sent to a local federal firearm licensee, someone certified to run the proper paperwork, before the sale is complete.

"A bad guy could place a bid and even pay for a gun, but they are never going to end up with a gun because of that final paperwork process," he said.

Ralph said he's heard some concerns from local gun shops that he might be eating into their business, but he said those who try out the site realize it's a good tool for them because it expands their marketplace and exposes them to all sorts of new customers.

Go to guncycle.com for more on Ralph's website.

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