You can buy a gun in the metro, but you may have a tough time firing it due to a shortage of ammunition.
Stacey Louderback was looking for 9-millimeter ammo at Canfield’s near 84th and Center in Omaha. “They're kind of out, kind of similar to other places around town right now.” How many places had she checked? “This is the third."
Louderback isn't alone. Customers are finding empty shelves across the nation. “It's virtually impossible to get anything for an AR-15, a 9-millimeter and a 22-long rifle,” said Canfield’s sales associate Jeff Childers. He said the rush for ammo began right after the December school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. “We probably had a couple of weeks supply and it was gone in days.”
There's no word on when this shortage will end. “It's normally full and as you can see, half full.” Nationwide, some stores are hiking prices on ammunition by as much as double or even triple the regular price. "Our price on ammunition is about the same across the board,” said Childers.
Canfield's recently learned manufacturers are hiking the prices they charge the store. “They're going to be charging 20-30 percent more so we're going to have to pass that cost on to the customer."
For customers like Louderback, it won't keep her from becoming a gun owner. “I think a lot of people are starting to look at their rights and if they are going to need ammunition down the road."
Channel 6 News called a few other stores. Bass Pro Shops said it’s also seeing a shortage of ammo for semi-automatic weapons. Cabela’s could not answer and referred us to the corporate office.