Fears Over Ammo Hoarding Cramp Local Law Enforcement - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Fears Over Ammo Hoarding Cramp Local Law Enforcement

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. – As states – Maryland among them – have passed new gun control legislation, and the federal government stockpiles ammunition, prices for bullets have skyrocketed. Gun enthusiasts have scoured the aisles of supply stores and started stockpiles of their own. The hoarding has not only driven prices up, it has decreased availability. The one-two punch of high prices and low supply has constrained many local law enforcement departments.

Sheriff James W. Phillips, Jr., of Dorchester County, MD., says that his prices have gone up between 30 and 40 percent. After ordering, he has to wait up to 6 months for delivery. "that six months may turn into a year delivery. Now, we're going to have to spend more money to make sure that our needs are being met and that we have adequate supply," said Phillips.

Sheriff Phillips also said that Maryland's new gun laws "do not address the problem of the criminal," and that when mental health was not addressed, "That's when they took the bill's guts out."

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