Gun Shop Makes Own Ammo To Beat Shortage
Licensee says he can barely meet demand, supplying police
April 5, 2013
A gun shop in Texas has turned to making its own ammo in an attempt to keep up with the overwhelming demand for bullets in the midst of a national shortage that many believe is being purposefully exacerbated by the federal government.
Paul Carter, an ammunition manufacturer licensee at East Texas Ammo in Mineola, told KLTV “Right now our .22 caliber long rifle is non existent and I’ve never heard of such a thing in all of my life.”
Carter’s staff are working overtime on their own semi-automatic commercial loaders that enable the store to produce its own ammunition.
“We have people from the metroplex and Louisiana and Oklahoma that come to our shop to buy ammunition and we’re scrambling just to find the products to put it together,” Carter told reporters, adding that he is barely able to meet the demand.
“For us it’s just now really happening because we’re just now finding that we can’t get components in, we are just struggling, struggling and struggling to find some,” added his wife Debbie Carter.
The couple say that they are receiving requests for ammo from police departments in the wake of a national shortage that has forced some law enforcement agencies to barter between themselves to meet demand.
“We’re trying to supply it if the police department or officers need ammunition, for qualification,” Carter said.