Ammo Shortage Affecting West Texans, Law Enforcement

Ammo Shortage Affecting West Texans, Law Enforcement

By Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The ammunition shortage of 2013 has dried up supplies across the nation and the Permian Basin. With the national dialogue focused on gun control, more people are stocking up like never before.

"It's getting worse. Ammunition is getting harder and harder to come by," Midland gun shop owner, Tommy Atchison, said. "I've been through the Brady Bill and that scare. I've been through the assault weapon ban, the 2000 scare, Obama's first election, but this second election is the worst I've ever seen," he said.

Atchison said the most popular ammo is the 22 long rifle, 9 millimeter and 40 mm.

Justin, an Academy shopper, said he stops by the sporting goods store at least once a week to check out their supplies.

"I buy everything I can. A lot of people are starting to get into making their own ammo," he said.

Atchison said everything is on backorder, and when he does get new shipments in, it's gone in no time.

"I can't even order. I call my suppliers daily. I ask them, 'What do you got? Ship it to me,'" he said.

Law enforcement is also seeing the effect of the shortage. They buy their rounds from the same places the public does.

According to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, any peace officer must qualify each year. This means, they must shoot a minimum number of rounds for each firearm they use. For cities with a large number of officers, that's a lot of ammo that is not easy to come by.

Atchison said he doesn't know how long this will last, but he hopes something changes soon.

"I hope it gets better soon, because if you don't have nothing to sell, you can't sell," he said.