LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Fears of new gun control laws are stripping shelves bare in gun shops across the country.
Ammunition is in such high demand that some stores are imposing quotas on customers.
This week, Walmart announced limits customers may buy no more than three ammo boxes a day. It's not a way to reduce gun violence, it's because there's an ammunition shortage.
Pistol, practice and riffle ammo maybe the highest in demand, they're also the shortest in supply.
With manufacturers backed up on orders, local gun shops are seeing the effects.
"It keeps coming in but it goes out as fast as it comes in now," said Roger Wendling, owner of Monsoor's Sports Shop.
The anticipation of stricter gun control measures has guns and ammunition flying off the shelves, Wendling said.
"Six months ago you could have filled up your vehicle with ammunition. Today, you're lucky if you're able to get a box or two," Wendling said.
Wendling gets new shipments of ammunition in every day but orders from ammo manufacturers are on chronic back order. As soon as the boxes hit the shelves, they're sold.
Since President Barack Obama first announced his support for harsher control on guns, Monsoor's sales tripled.
"Back when Clinton first put in the gun assault weapons ban, we had shortages like this were showing up. But not as great as what they are now," Wendling said.
"I did stock up on a couple of 22 rounds because they were extremely hard to get the last time this happened," said Jeff Kostuch.
Kostuch works in sales at Monsoor's, but he's made a few ammunition purchases of his own to make sure he can still squirrel hunt.
"Probably 99 percent are responsible people out there, and there's this one bad apple (who) destroys it for everybody," Kostuch said. "People, in general, who shoot a lot, love their sport just like archery loves their sport."
Wendling is limiting purchasers to only one case of ammo – that's about 500 rounds – but customers can buy as many boxes of ammunition as they want – those have about 50 rounds.
"We have no idea when sales are gonna slow down because we have no idea what the government is gonna do," Wendling said.
Monsoor's has also seen a giant spike in gun sales, especially in pistols, Wendling added.
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