Ammo shortage hits law enforcement - WSMV Channel 4

Ammo shortage hits law enforcement

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SHELBYVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The demand for ammunition and guns is high, but supply is extremely low.

"We have literally hundreds of people coming through the door almost every day looking to buy ammo or to buy a gun," said Glen King, the owner of Guns and Ammo Depot in Bellevue.

King is sold out of 9 mm, .40 caliber and assault rifle bullets. The situation seems to get worse by the day, he said.

"These shelves here are typically full from top to bottom, both shelves. Now we're down to one shelf and there's hardly anything on the shelves," said King.

At the Shelbyville Police Department, its shelves are pretty full, but that doesn't mean it's immune.

Military and law enforcement are supposed to be first on the list to get ammunition, but in Shelbyville, they're experiencing a big delay when it comes to bullets for their assault rifles. Lt. Trey Clanton expects more of the same.

"Normally it takes between maybe two to two-and-a-half weeks to get it, and now they're saying maybe two months or two-and-a-half months," said Clanton.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has a similar situation.

A spokesperson told Channel 4 News the agency placed its annual order in August and still hasn't received it.

Both Shelbyville police and THP said the agencies aren't running out of ammunition and it isn't affecting their ability to do their jobs. Both agencies don't want people to worry, which is the problem.

"I think panic sort of sets in on, 'Am I not going to be able to buy ammo ever again?'" said Clanton.

"I don't know when it's going to stop. That's the scary part about it," said King.

Police departments like Shelbyville use most of their ammo during training.

Typically the Shelbyville Police Department will place orders after they use it.

Now Shelbyville is ordering its ammunition a couple of months early to ensure that the supply is replenished on time.

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