Just an update to my original post, but my buddy was never actually able to find a Bersa locally. Shops that were normally well stocked had no idea when they would actually get another shipment in.
Rather than wait, he finally found a shop that had a fresh shipment of Rugers arrive and he jumped on a LC9. The shop received 13 guns and they were all literally sold within the first 3 minutes on the shelf.
The store opened at 10am and word was out that they had received a shipment the night before. The shop literally had a line of people outside the door waiting for them to open. My buddy arrived at 10:02 and bought the last gun. Crazy times.
"He who laughs last, laughs dead." Homer Simpson