Unfortunately you are probably all too right with the prices and supply. As far as the "sensible gun ban" goes......well we all know how much sense it really makes.
I realize that supply and demand dictate prices to a degree, but it is getting just ridiculous. I just do not see how this isn't price gouging. As I said I realize supply and demand play a factor, however prices for materials, labor wages, and machining are also factors in pricing that should not be discounted.
It seems to me with demand being high it would be better off just to have a marginal price increase to offset the labor increase for the much higher demand. I have a feeling with the attitude in the country right now with so many people wanting them you would will sell a more rifles if there were able to keep them somewhat affordable than at the current price. Many people I know would love to pick one up but just cant afford the $2500-$3000 price tag.
"Guns don't kill people, People do!"