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Ammunition Shortage Still Hurting Gun Owners

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The question for many gun owners these days is where to get ammunition? Gun shops and ammo dealers are struggling with a long term shortage and they say it's impacting their business.

 

"This was a panic caused by people feeling that their rights were going to be taken from them, and they wanted to have ammunition to go along with the firearm," said Rick Burroughs, a range officer for Total Firearms in Mason.

Burroughs says ammunition has flown off the shelves in the past year, faster than the store can keep up with. A year ago, a customer could buy as much ammunition as they wanted, but today, they can only get one box per day per customer.

"We can't supply those needs right now so we're suffering. They come in to use the range, they want to rent time on the range, and then they want to shoot up a couple of boxes of ammunition at least. There's no ammo to sell them, so they don't go out on the range and it hurts business," said Burroughs.

But they aren't the only ones with an ammo problem. Over at the Ingham County Sherriff's Department, they can't buy nearly as much as they used to.

"We've seen our ammunition supply dwindle in the past year very steadily," said Dep. James Every, a firearms instructor for the office. That means officers get less gun training and practice rounds while the cost of ammo is sky high.

"It's hard to budget how much money we have for ammo. We really have to set an amount and say this is what we have for the year, and then work with that number," said Dep. Every.

Mason's Total Firearms says it could take several more months until gun stores in the area have enough to let customers buy as much ammunition as they want and that the supply chain just can't catch up with demand.

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