Ammunition shortage affects local law enforcement agencies
TAMPA BAY - Across the country and the bay area, many shelves for ammunition sit empty while gun shows are seeing unprecedented lines of people buying guns and bullets.
St. Pete Police have already seen a delay. While they have an ample supply for ammo that officers carry on the street, there's an issue with the bullets they use for target practice.
There has been such a dramatic run on this stuff right now. They (retailers) have actually back ordered it. They have promised we will get it, but they can't put a date on it like they used to," said Mike Puetz, a spokesperson with the St. Pete Police Department.
It is amazing to me how much current events have had an effect on peoples purchase decisions. As much as I hate the term "gun nuts", this kind of backs it up. Do they really think that their precious ammunition is going to disappear. It is almost a self fulfilling prophecy. They buy all of the ammo up, and then there is none left on the shelves, creating an even bigger panic in their minds.
Would be great if all of that discretionary income could be funneled in a different direction.