Police Ammo Problem? | VideoAmy Fox | 1/15/2013
The Minot Police Department`s garage is filled with ammunition for the time being, but that could change. “I think what happens politically and what kind of bans are put in place are going to put into that,” said Minot Police Captain John Klug.
With the recent tragedy in Connecticut, the War on Terror and the controversy surrounding gun control, police departments across the country are having a difficult time buying firearms.
Klug said, "The ammunition that seems to be shorter in supply is the same stuff they`re using in the war in Afghanistan or that the military uses. And, that`s the .223 ammunition they would commonly use."
Police departments are struggling to stock enough ammunition, but according to the Minot PD, they say it`s all about staying organized and being prepared. "If an agency can see a shortage coming or if they know ammunition is getting old, they need to replace it. I think it`s just planning ahead in those instances and knowing that it`s not going to be something they can pick-up off the shelves,” said Klug.
While some police departments are being forced to cut down on the number of firearms and push back training programs, that’s not the case in Minot. "We keep a store of our normal handgun ammunition as well,” said Klug. “So, if there was a shortage, we generally won`t see the affects of it."
With the future of the firearms unknown, Klug believes Minot is in good shape. "Right now, I don`t see anything that`s causing an immediate concern for us. Could there be something down the road? I guess we`ll have to wait and see what the politics brings over the next few months and over the next year."
After a police department orders ammunition from their supplier, it usually takes at least six months before it comes in.