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Police Departments Face Ammo Shortages

January 11, 2013  | 

Photo: Kim Pham
Photo: Kim Pham

A spike in ammunition purchases by civilians has left several police departments around the country scrambling to outfit their officers with ammunition.

Sgt. Byron Roberson of the Prairie Village (Kan.) Police Department told KSHB his agency has been added to a waiting list for additional rifle ammunition and doesn't expect to receive it until May.

The agency has enough reserves and will rely on other agencies if that runs out.

Several Georgia law enforcement agencies told WSB-TV they have ammo on back order with local firearms dealers.

The Douglas County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office pushed back several training exercises while scrambling to restock.

"It could be six months. It could be eight months," Douglas County Chief Deputy Stan Copeland told the media outlet.

Other agencies such as the Austin Police Department, San Antonio Police Department, and Reno Police Department told media outlets they have enough reserves to equip officers.

Comments (6)

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Rick @ 1/14/2013 9:03 PM

Liberals are threatening to ban all guns and ammo, which creates a run on ammo and the civilians get blamed. How about the 1.6 Billion rounds of ammo that Dept. Homeland Security has purchased? That didn't create a shortage at all.

Joe @ 1/15/2013 2:38 AM

Peace officers are civilians too!

Ciff B. @ 1/15/2013 3:35 AM

Well stated.. blame the current administration for trying thier best to disarm law adbiding citizens. Plus alot of ammo is still being used in Afganistan and North Africa.

Frank @ 1/15/2013 4:48 AM

Cheaper than Dirt, Sportsman's Club and picking up your brass can save the department money. Reloading is the way of the future if your shooting every week. Right now the Firearms dealers are basking in the sun. Thanks to the Obama Administration. Maybe our Government can talk to the Mexican Cartels to work out a deal to ship ammo instead of drugs.

Chris @ 1/15/2013 6:07 AM

Ammunition used by the Department of Defense (DoD) has NO impact on the civilian market. The DoD produces its own ammo at ammunition production plants owned/operated by the DoD. U.S. civilian ammo manufactures, however, can manufacture for the DoD under the direction of executive order or declaration of national crisis by the federal government. So far, no such declaration has been made. (see

Bob @ VA @ 1/16/2013 4:47 AM

Chris - True enough, but the brass raw material all comes from the same sources. When the military significantly bumps up its total ammo buy as it did during OEF and OIF at its peak, it creates a shortage of raw materials to make civilian ammo.

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