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Ammunition Shortage Delays Police Training in WNC

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There’s no end in sight, and the demand for ammo is delaying training for officers. There’s no end in sight, and the demand for ammo is delaying training for officers.
POLK COUNTY, N.C. -

If sworn officers don't shoot, they can't qualify to use a weapon in the field. 

North Carolina requires law enforcement to pass a yearly qualification test with any gun they carry on duty.   

But many officers are currently unable to get their hands on enough ammo.

“We had to delay our training a little bit because of the ammunition shortage,” said Columbus Police Chief Chris Beddingfield.

For the past nine months, officers in Columbus, Tryon and Saluda had to wait before they could practice with their new rifles.

“This training is extremely important because the way you train is the way you are going to handle yourself when the time comes,” said officer Ron Diaz with the Columbus Police Department.

The delay in receiving ammunition has even caused some agencies, including Columbus Police to switch from using bullets to laser guns and airsoft pistols.

“We have got to do something when the real ammunition is not available,” Beddingfield said.

Firearms training instructor Larry Cochran sympathizes with law enforcement agencies having trouble getting ammo.

Ammunition that was selling for $10 a box for handguns is now selling for $25 or $30 a box when it is available at all," Cochran said.

While the spike in demand isn't new, Cochran says police are having to order ammo at least 12 months in advance to make sure they have what they need for training

As to when the shortage will come to an end that remains a shot in the dark.

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