Senators propose limiting government ammo sales

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) – Ammunition seems to be in shortsupply these days because many local stores can barely keep bullets on theirshelves.

Some lawmakers are blaming an ammo shortage on the federalgovernment, which could see new limits placed on its supplies.

Republican Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas has co-sponsored a billrecently called the Ammunition Management for More Obtainability, or AMMO, Actof 2013.

The AMMO Act was introduced in Congress following concernsthat federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security have stockpiledammunition, affecting availability nationwide.

According to Sen. Boozman's Web site, the proposal "prohibitsagencies covered by this legislation from purchasing or storing more ammunitionthan it retained on average between 2001 and 2009. The AMMO Act would requirethe Government Accountability Office (GAO) to audit federal agencies' purchasesof ammunition."

The bill aims to limit how much ammo the federal governmentcan ultimately buy so that there's more available to the American consumers,who have reportedly struggled to find or even buy ammo.

The Country Antique & Pawn Shop in Paragould hasrecently gotten the same question from its customers.

"Do you have any .22 ammo, .22 [magnum], .380 [handgunammo], 9mm? I mean, it's not there," Owner Linda Wells said.

Wells and her family run the shop, which usually receivesammo shipments every two weeks.

"We've just got a little bit of everything right at the moment,"said Christy Eason, who is Wells' daughter and one of the shop's salespeople.

For the past year, Eason says the store has only been ableto keep ammo stocked on its shelves for a few days at a time.

"There's a shortage of ammo," Wells said. "Everybody'strying to buy what they can and put it back for the guns that they have."

Wells says she's noticed many out-of-town people coming toher store to try and find ammo, much like Jon Bischof of Paragould has donerecently.

"I think most people are afraid that they won't be able toget ammo later on and so they're buying up all they can," Bischof said.

He has seen how short the supply is right now firsthand. Thelifelong gun owner has gone from one store to the next searching for a certaintype.

"This is the first time in my entire life that you couldn'twalk into most stores that sell ammo and buy a box of .22 long rifle shells,"he said. "I've never seen anything like this shortage before."

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