Laws, rumors have ammo flying off store shelves
by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press
April 04, 2013 02:15 PM | 470 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In this Feb. 21, 2007 file photo, Bruce Martindale takes aim as he competes in a weekly air gun league in Troy, N.Y. Martindale, who normally uses a .22-caliber, has cut back on practice because ammunition is in short supply. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
In this Feb. 21, 2007 file photo, Bruce Martindale takes aim as he competes in a weekly air gun league in Troy, N.Y. Martindale, who normally uses a .22-caliber, has cut back on practice because ammunition is in short supply. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gun enthusiasts fearful of new weapon controls and hearing false rumors of government hoarding are buying bullets practically by the bushel.

The demand is making it hard for gun stores to keep shelves stocked and even putting a pinch on some local law enforcement departments.

The run started in November with President Barack Obama’s re-election, followed by the shooting in December of children in Newtown, Conn. That massacre led the president to launch an effort to strengthen federal gun controls and several states to tighten laws.

Connecticut became the latest on Thursday. Hours before the law went into effect, hundreds of customers streamed out of Hoffman’s Gun Center in Newington with guns and boxes of ammunition. Similar scenarios are playing out all over the country.
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