Police Departments Face Ammo Shortage

KIMT NEWS 3 — Some Minnesota law enforcement agencies are coming up short when it comes to ammunition.

Several police departments say they’re having trouble finding ammunition for their weapons.

Some have even turned to chain stores, such as Wal-Mart, to help.

The Austin Police Department says they have taken measures to combat the problem, which they say started because of the fear of stricter gun laws.

“We do rely on that ammunition to stay current in our training,” Captain Dave McKichan said. “We do go through quite a bit. So, having seen kind of that shortage coming we did try to take some steps to get a couple of orders in earlier than we would have to secure a place in line.”

He says if a department isn’t prepared, it could cause problems as far as training and staying ready for when they are called upon.

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