Police facing shortage of ammunition for training

Published On: Jan 09 2013 07:19:41 AM EST
Updated On: Jan 09 2013 10:10:00 AM EST

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -

Police in metro Atlanta say a nationwide shortage of ammunition is causing them to delay training for officers and put orders for more bullets on back-order.
    
Douglas County Chief Deputy Stan Copeland tells WSB-TV the department has had to push back a couple training exercises while scrambling to restock.
    
Jay Wallace, a supplier of police ammunition who owns Smyrna Police Distributors in Cobb County, blames the shortage partly on a huge spike in gun and ammunition sales in recent weeks.
    
Wallace said he can't recall an ammunition shortage this severe.
    
Sandy Springs Police Chief Terry Sult said a shortage of ammunition for training can become a safety issue because officers are not as proficient as they should be.
  

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