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Ammo Shortage Hits Law Enforcement

The spike in new gun purchases has led to a shortage of ammunition leading to raging concerns among local police departments and civilians alike.

Several Washington D.C.-area police departments have stated that the supply of ammunition sold by manufacturers and distributors is lingering on scarcity that can lead to problems for agencies buying ammunition for officer training and certification.

The ammunition shortage also creates hurdles and headaches for private gun shops and owners, some of whom report skyrocketing prices.

“I talk to Police departments ranging from federal, state and local departments who tells about their daily struggle in finding ammunition to even qualify officers,” told departments — daily. They are struggling to find ammunition to even qualify the officers,” said Curt Sebastian, co-owner of SSG Tactical gun shop in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The shortage, he adds has led to a quadruple in the price of some ammunition and drained his supply.  “There will come a point if things keep going the way they are, I don’t and won’t have enough inventory to be open six days a week,” he said.

Sebastian said that a box of ammo traditionally selling for $9 to $14 now costs about $50.

The FBI records assessed by News4 I-Team reveals a surge in new gun purchase background checks coupled with the number of people applying for firearms background jump has leaped by almost 1 million on a monthly average, starting from the pandemic start. This wave of new buyers led to a drain in the ammunition supply, according to Sebastian

He said that 85 percent of his customers have been first-time gun owners together with clients stocking up during the past year as the result of civil unrest, election and the transition of power in DC and you have the perfect storm for a shortage, according to Sebastian.

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