(LOXLEY, Ala.) Local gun shops in Baldwin County say ammo is flying off the shelves in the wake of the gun control debate. The possibility of stricter gun laws may be the reason. The ammo shortage isn't just local. At one gun shop they've gotten calls from people in Texas looking for ammo and willing to drive anywhere to get it.
Walk into a local gun shop and they will tell you, the holidays, hunting season and politics all hit at the same time and things have dried up.
"All my distributors I'm talking to are telling me that in the next few weeks hopefully things will get back going like normal," said Roger Lowell who works at Ricks Pawn Shop in Loxley.
What's not normal is for ammo on military style and assault rifle ammo to be scarce.
"Its political, it goes along with the guns. We've sold all the AR type guns we can get, " said Joe Coleman, who works at Campbell Hardware and Sporting Goods in Robertsdale.
Most guns shops in Baldwin County are experiencing a shortage. Shelves with ammo began to run dry right after talk from Washington that stricter gun laws may on the way. Even smaller caliber ammo.
"The 22's that's got to be a production issue. They just haven't geared up after inventory reductions or whatever, " said Coleman. Those who have been in the gun business for a long time say there's no doubt changes are coming. "Changes of some sort, but I don't think it'll be as drastic as people are expecting, " said Coleman.
The ammo shortage is affecting the smaller police departments too. Most say there's a three month back log in ordering ammo.