Increased demand for ammunition causes shortages, high prices

By: Sabrina Wu Email
By: Sabrina Wu Email

With talk of impending legislation calling for stricter gun control, gun sales are up across the nation. With the increase in gun purchases, comes an increased demand for ammunition. The spike has led to widespread ammunition shortages, even for police in various parts of the country.

In Elkhart County, police say requests for gun permits are at a record high this month.

Local gun experts say people are seeking more weapons training.

A local NRA instructor says prices for bullets used by weapons like the AR15 have gone up as much as 500 percent at some retailers.

"There's back order times that go into the months now," said Randall Terry, a certified NRA firearms instructor and owner of MadiMak Security. "When orders are fulfilled at the local retailers, they tend to only have a small handling of what they normally would carry on hand."

State police and law enforcement in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties say they are not experiencing any shortage of ammunition, because they ordered their supplies before the spike in demand.

"It doesn't really impact us local agencies [here in Michiana]," said Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers. "If we do have an agency that needs some assistance, we'll all work together to help each other out, and make sure there's no shortages."

Many government agencies are also under contracts with factories that have a set price for the ammunition they sell to law enforcement.

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