Ammo shortages may affect local law enforcement

By: Jorge Lopez Email
By: Jorge Lopez Email

News 12 6 o'clock / Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Recent shootings coupled with gun control fears have firearms flying off shelves and that's driving up the cost of guns and ammunition.That increase is putting a squeeze on law enforcement nationwide.

Many people have begun to take advantage of the right to bear arms since the shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn. And as more folks buy guns, there's an increased demand for ammunition.

"Manufactures are having to play catch up getting ammo through the supply chain," said Buddy Lichty.

While civilians are stocking bullets, some law enforcement agencies are faced with shortages.

"A lot of agencies around here, they may have a lot of shortages but not us," said Lt. Calvin Chew of Richmond County Sheriff's office.

Chew says one reason they haven't faced this issue yet is because they've kept track of their bullet inventory.

"Making sure that we have enough for our officers for training, as well as for on duty," Chew said.

Chew says that each deputy has at least five bullets on their person every day and that people in Richmond County don't need to worry about them running out.

"I've spoken with our people and we have enough to last us for a good bit," Chew said.

Lichty says, despite the shortage some local enforcement is facing, you can still get bullets.

There is ammunition out there. However, there are certain calibers that are very hard to get right now.

"22 long rifle is one. The AR 15 platform, the 223 and 556 are very difficult to find," Licthy said.

Chew says keeping ammo stock on reserve for law enforcement is important.

"In our line of work, we can't be short. We have to have ammo to work," Chew said.

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