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Ammunition Shortage Affecting Local Police Departments

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By Mark Bellinger

Shelbyville, Tenn. - A nationwide shortage of ammunition is affecting some local police departments.  Some of them are facing delays ordering ammunition from distributors.  No one is short on supplies, but they're waiting on new shipments.

The Shelbyville Police Department keeps thousands of rounds of  ammunition under lock and key. Lieutenant Trey Clanton orders ammunition for the department's 41 sworn officers.  Each year officers fire 12,000 rounds mostly in training.  Clanton couldn't help but notice a run on ammunition at the local gun shops.

This gun shop won't even sell you the popular 9 millimeter ammunition unless you buy a 9 millimeter handgun.  Owner Bill Hornaday will only sell customers two boxes of 22 caliber bullets per day. "My customers are what made the business, so I want to try and make sure if they want some ammo they can have some and one guy, two guys or three guys won't buy it all," says Hornaday.

So, Lieutenant Clanton decided to order ammunition for the police department a little earlier than normal.  "They'll tell you we don't have it in stock," says Clanton. "So, we've got to order it and they've got to order it straight from the manufacturer."

He found there would be a longer than usual wait for his shipment to arrive.  Lieutenant Clanton says he isn't worried - the department will NOT run out of ammunition.  "We're by in no means or shape form or fashion in dire need of ammo.  We're not out or anything like that," says Clanton.  "We're just trying to foresee what's going on and making our orders just a little bit earlier than we generally do."

Shelbyville is not the only department waiting for ammunition.  A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol has been waiting on an order that was placed in August.  Despite the wait, she says the agency does NOT have an ammunition shortage. 


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