Ammunition Disappearing From Gun Stores

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FORT WORTH, Texas -Ever since the presidential election, folks who like or deal with guns have been noticing something -- there's a big shortage of ammunition.

At the Cheaper Than Dirt Gun Shop in Fort Worth, they have noticed patrons, who are just buying their first gun, have heard about the bullet shortage. "There's so many first time shooters that when they come in they're buying the gun and where they'd normally buy one or two boxes of ammo, they're buying 10 to 20 boxes," said store owner Dewayne Irwin.

Fear of Anti-Gun Democrats

Some blame the worry on Democrats who now so dominate Washington. Many gun-owners fear President Barack Obama and plenty of the other Democrats are of the anti-gun stance and will take action against guns and bullets or at least tax them much more.

Click the player to watch the report from CBN News Senior Washington Correspondent Paul Strand.

"Absolutely I'm worried about it," said gun owner Dave Lauriano. "I think President Obama, as much as I respect and support him as our President and will do everything in my power to support him, his policies are totally unethetical and against the conservative values that I certainly hold. I certainly believe he at some point is going to do everything he can to restrict gun rights."

There's worry at the state level, too. In California, some lawmakers are trying to make it harder to buy ammo. One is Los Angeles Democrat Assemblyman Kevin De Leon.

"It's much easier in California to purchase handgun ammunition than it is a package of cigarettes, allergy medicine or spray paint," he complained.

Stockpiling Ammo

Ever since the election, more and more gun owners have taken to stockpiling ammo for fear it may disappear or its price shoot through the roof.

"They are afraid they are not going to be able to get ammunition anymore; and so, they're buying it and stockpiling it," said gun store owner Jay Wallace.

Curtis Shipley, co-owner of Georgia Arms, says his ammo business has been pretty much running around the clock the last two or three months, but still can't keep up with the demand.

"We've literally had folks come up and just hand you $200 and say. 'How much ammo can I get for that?' I've never seen that before," he said.

The long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have also had an affect on the ammo supply. The military has used up many tons of ammunition fighting those wars and ammo suppliers are required to give first priority to the military.

*Originally aired April 23, 2009

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