LA CRESCENT, Minnesota (WXOW) -- La Crescent Police Chief Todd Nelson said it is becoming harder for his department to buy ammunition for its firearms.
Nelson said ammunition suppliers are running out of product more quickly than they used to, and the increased demand also drives up prices.
The department spent two times more on ammunition in 2012 than it did two years before, in 2010.
"When I talked to my supplier this week, he said his suppliers and warehouses don't even back order for him any more," Nelson said. "They sell it as it comes in."
"You take what you can get when you can get it," said Nelson, who added he's become accustomed to buying ammunition in bulk.
He said he believes the sales spike may in part be attributable to fear among the public that the government is hoping to impose new regulations on guns and ammunition.
The President has called for a ban on assault-style weapons and high capacity magazines in the wake of January's shooting in Newtown, Conn.
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