Posted on: Mar 25, 2013 at 12:33
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“The concern over firearms availability and ammunition availability and potentials of gun control certainly has impacted the availability of ammunition purchased locally,” a Hamilton County, Tenn., sheriff’s training coordinator told Fox News.

As with private purchasers, a number of police departments and sheriff’s offices are experiencing a shortage especially in .223 cal. for their AR-15s, thereby limiting training.

Farnam said that the run on supplies isn’t limited to ammunition alone.  It also affects virtually all varieties of firearms.

One large Midwest retailer said he’s never seen such a “feeding-frenzy” and never thought such a thing were even possible.

“I’ve watched our entire inventory sell out over the past few weeks, and our pace of resupply doesn’t come close to keeping up,” he said.

In particular, he said virtually all of his Stoner-System rifles, such as AR-15s which take the .223cal, or 5.56mm round, are “now all long-gone!”

Following that were the Kalishnikovs, XCRs, SCARs, FALs, PTRs, M1As " “anything that looks ‘modern military’ and has a detachable box magazine that holds twenty-plus rounds.

“When those racks were empty, Ruger Mini-14s, and M1 Carbines vanished, followed by semi-auto .22 rimfire rifles!” he added.

“After rifles sold out, attention moved to handguns,” he said. “First went high capacity 9mm pistols, followed by all pistols that chamber for .45ACP, then single-column 9mm concealment pistols (then) five-shot snubby revolvers in 38Spl.”

He said that his major retail store is “cleaned out” of 9mm, .45ACP, .223 cal, .308 cal (7.62mm), 12-gauge slugs an 12-gauge buckshot.

“Rifle magazines are all long-gone, as are double-column pistol magazines,” he said.

“If this frenzy ended tomorrow morning,” he said, “it would still be at least two years before our inventory would have any chance of returning to ‘normal.’”

In early March, Farnam said that his survey of major retailers with whom he is in contact and knows personally said that there are some 30-06, some 30-Carbine Gold Dot, some 7.62x54R some .45ACP Gold Dot, three 20-round boxes of 7.62-39.

Law enforcement agencies across the country apparently are rising to the crisis.

“All officers qualified with rifle or slug-shotgun are now carrying them, hot, by sling, everywhere, and on every call,” he said. “Never seen anything like this!”

By “hot,” he meant that in addition to having fully loaded magazines, one round is in the chamber, ready to fire.

Farnam said that such a reaction is not uncommon in this period of crisis.

“Americans, police and non-police alike, are expressing their universal unease by becoming armed, in any way they can,” he said. “We are also openly frustrated with an administration that accuses honest gun-owners who have never committed any kind of crime, with or without a gun, of representing some kind of societal problem, while simultaneously doing nothing about real crimes, except soliciting their votes!”

For personal protection, Farnam has pointed to the need for private citizens to be armed, referring to historical precedent of Germany and Italy in which the citizenry was disarmed, as seen in Great Britain today where it is almost impossible to buy a firearm.

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