ALBANY, N.Y. (April 4, 2013)--Firearms enthusiasts fearful of new gun controls and spurred in some cases by false reports of government hoarding are buying bullets practically by the bushel and the demand is not only making it hard for gun stores to keep shelves stocked, but it’s also putting a pinch on some local law enforcement agencies.
The run started in November after President Barack Obama's re-election, followed by the shooting in December of children in Newtown, Conn.
The massacre led the president to launch an effort to strengthen federal gun controls and several states to tighten laws.
Connecticut became the latest on Thursday.
Hours before the law went into effect, hundreds of customers streamed out of Hoffman's Gun Center in Newington with guns and boxes of ammunition and similar scenarios are playing out all over the country.
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle discount the reports of government hoarding.
They say the Department of Homeland Security made a bulk purchase of 1.6 billion rounds this year after Congress urged DHS to streamline the process for purchasing bullets, most of which are used to train the department’s more than 70,000 uniformed personnel.
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