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Slowing Gun Sales Doesn't Mean Ammo Shortage Is Over

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A new report from the FBI says gun sales are finally slowing down after a strong year in 2013. At The Firing Line in Spartanburg, co-owner Johnny Horton and other gun shops nationwide saw the increase just after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

The December 2012 tragedy prompted heated talks on gun control laws and heated sales. The FBI reported a 40-percent increase in gun background checks, its way of tracking gun sales.

“A lot of people were scared that the government was going to take and draw all the guns off the market,” said Horton.

During that time 7 On Your Side reported the buying boost created an ammunition shortage. Gun owners had a hard time finding the rounds they needed. And some local police departments had trouble with officers meeting training requirements, because they had no bullets to shoot.

“Before it was impossible to get,” said Columbus Police Chief Chris Beddingfield. “Now we are getting some. You just have to look for it and shop for it."

The FBI says the boom has bottomed out. It reports background checks dropped by a third compared to this time last year.

Just because sales are slow, gun shop owners say business is still steady. Horton points to the fact that local crimes often trigger an increase in gun sales.

“They go out and start getting training, purchasing fire arms to protect themselves,” said Horton.

When it comes to ammo it may be in stock. But Horton says he still has to hunt for common rounds. And police agencies are still stockpiling.

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