The first firearm deer season is almost here and local hunters say a nationwide ammunition shortage is already impacting them.
Several local ammunition retailers, including West Quincy Pawn Shop, are having a hard time keeping up with the growing demand. So much so, that owner Lionel Hammond said he's had to put a limit on how many boxes people can buy at one time.
With the top grade ammo flying off the shelves, Hammond said people are now turning to Russian made ammo.
"It's decent, but it's not like the Remington or the Winchester," said Hammond. "People are buying it just to have it because they can't buy the American made ammo off the shelf."
Hammond said the reason for the shortage is concerns over gun control which has sparked a buying spree on guns and ammunition. And the closer it gets to hunting season, they expect the demand for ammunition to rise even more.
"I know a little box of 22's, it'll be anywhere from a couple bucks to four or five dollars higher now than what it used to be," Braden said. "You have to plan ahead more so you don't get stuck without any."
Hammond said this is usually the time of year when they start getting a lot of their ammo in but orders just aren't being filled by the manufacturers. Hammond doesn't expect the shortage to be over anytime soon.
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