Broken Arrow rep worried about ammo shortage


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Updated: 9/17/2013 5:20 pm Published: 9/17/2013 3:36 pm


An ammunition shortage is still making it hard to get some of the most popular bullets.

Now, state lawmakers are taking action questioning stores like Walmart to see why there's still such a low supply of certain bullets.

The owner at L and L Machine Gun in midtown told FOX23 he can order only 10 boxes of .22 caliber bullets a month. He said a year ago he could order an endless amount of these boxes.

Bullets in calibers like 9mm and .22, are hard for owner Larry Cheatam to keep in stock.

"It's available, just not in quantity," he said.

Today, he can keep some ammunition on the shelves, which was not the case six months ago.

"A lot of people are realizing, when they want ammo it may not be there, so they are going out and buying it so in the future they will have it and they don't have to worry about it not being available," he said.

Supply is even shorter at some national stores, like Academy and Walmart.

FOX23 stopped by the Academy near 41st and Sheridan and found customers are restricted to buying only two boxes of 9mm or .20 caliber bullets at a time.

Troubled by the shortage, State Rep. Mike Ritze from Broken Arrow wrote a letter to both box stores trying to find out what they believe is the source of the problem.

Cheatam can take a guess.

"Walmart only has limited supply because they are only able to buy what the manufacturer has to sell them," he said.

As for when manufactures could finally catch up with the demand?
"I don't think anytime soon, maybe 6 months a year. As fast as they can make it they have going out to stores," he said.

Ritze said once he gets a response from Walmart and Academy he will see where he needs to go from there and who to contact. Then he may take legislative action.


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cattleokie - 9/18/2013 8:58 AM
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It is Obama,s plan! Obama does not believe in the constitution, so the good people of the United States of America can not get ammo to protect themselves from the bad people, but the thugs can find it everywhere!!!!!!!!

pen25 - 9/17/2013 11:33 PM
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legislative action? how does he plan on doing that when a powder company had a major fire, a couple primer companies has folded up shop and lead is difficult to get.
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