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Post-Sandy Hook Ammunition Shortage Easing in Fenton

After the Newtown massacre set off a new round of gun-control talk, ammunition was hard to come by. Some stores are still limiting the number of boxes of ammunition a customer can buy to protect their inventory.

Ammunition for .22 caliber handguns, the the type commonly used in target practice, has been hard to come by in the year since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre. Now, supplies are easing. Patch file photo
Ammunition for .22 caliber handguns, the the type commonly used in target practice, has been hard to come by in the year since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre. Now, supplies are easing. Patch file photo

Here’s some good news for Fenton area target shooters and hunters: Ammunition shortages are easing.

Fenton Police Chief Rick Aro said that’s good news for his department, the Tri-County Times reports. During the shortage, which reached its height this past summer, police restricted officers’ trips to the shooting range. But now, Aro says, ammo for most of the pistol calibers is more available at this time.”

Most area police departments anticipated the shortage and planned ahead. Last year, .22 and 9mm ammunition was already scare, Aro said, “and when the gun-control folks started talking legislation last summer, things got really bad.”

Aro said it’s still difficult to find .308 rifle ammunition, though .223 ammunition for duty rifles is available through the state contractor for police ammunition.

The newspaper said a “perfect storm” of events late last year created the shortage, starting with the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, CT, a year ago this week.

In the aftermath of the school shooting, one of the deadliest in U.S. history, parents of the victims called for better enforcement of gun laws, tougher penalties for violations and other measures that revealed sharp divides in the gun-control debate.

Sales increased in response to the new round of gun-control talk, and a major manufacturer took a two-week Christmas vacation, creating further shortages, mostly in the .22 caliber ammunition used at handgun practice ranges.

One area gun dealer said he saw a 50 percent increase in ammunition sales as a result.

Ammunition for the .22 long rifle is still elusive, and some hunters may have to switch to a different brand, said Dan Compeau, the chief operating officer of Williams Gun Sight Co. in Davison Township.

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