OK Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Boost Domestic Ammo Supply

Sunday, April 28th 2013, 10:53 pm

By: News 9

Right now ammunition is a hot item, but many people across the state can't get their hands on it. Now, two Oklahoma lawmakers think they have the solution to the shortage.

Sen. Jim Inhofe and Congressman Frank Lucas recently introduced a bill that would limit the amount of ammunition federal agencies buy. They're hoping to increase the supply for the rest of us.

Prices of ammunition are going up, and it's tough keeping boxes on the shelves.

"It's a rat race to try to get ammunition everywhere you go. I come here every day," said ammunition buyer, Chuck Butler.

There's a two-box limit for customers at Big Boy's Guns and Ammo in Southwest Oklahoma City and at other gun shops. Many fear the government could be stockpiling ammunition and preventing the public from doing the same.

"They can't buy bullets. Even .22 shells are being rationed. So this is an effort to say, outside of the department of defense, of course, if the rest of the federal government has a two-year supply, stop buying bullets," said republican congressman, Frank Lucas.

Lucas and Inhofe wrote the "Ammo Act" to prevent the government from buying ammunition for six months once it reaches its average stockpiled limit. The bill would require the Accountability Office to conduct an ammunition purchasing report on federal agencies.

To some customers, the Ammo Act sounds like relief.

"You basically go all day if you've got the time, you go around and try to find someone who's even got a small shipment. And even then, you only get one box per day, at a time, per caliber," said ammunition buyer, Jim Mitchell. "I think it would be a good bill because the people is what it's all about. And we're the ones who are wanting and needing the ammunition,"

The bill still has to pass through committee before it makes it to the house floor.


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