POMPANO BEACH (CBS4) – Ammunition sellers and manufacturers say there’s been a run on bullets and they can’t keep their shelves stocked.
Jeff Dillard who runs National Armory in Pompano says it’s the worst he’s ever seen.READ MORE: Ready To Restart The Race: Phil Keoghan Talks About The Return Of 'The Amazing Race' After A 19-Month "Pit Stop"
“I have never seen ammo so impossible to get,” said Dillard.
He said demand for ammunition has been growing and spiked over the past couple of days.
“Because of the terrorist attacks and the gun control legislation people are getting in more of a panic situation,” Dillard said.READ MORE: Shortage Of Mental Health Professionals Making It Difficult For Parents To Book Appointments For Their Kids
When he can get bullets, Dillard says, they’re expensive.
“We paid five times the price we would normally pay,” he said, adding that it isn’t just ammunition running low, he can’t even get the parts to make bullets. “All our vendors are telling us not only are they out of stock but some are two to three million bullet-heads in back-order. They won’t even take our orders because they don’t know when they’ll be able to fill them.”
Ammunition manufacturer Andy Delatorre says can hardly keep up with ammunition orders, but the shortage on parts has hurt his business so much he had to lay off four people last month.
“We have had to shut down 50 percent of manufacturing process. People are out on street without jobs right now. We just can’t find enough raw material,” he said.MORE NEWS: FMU Construction Program Offers Students Chance To Build Success At Zero Cost
Ammunition manufacturers and sellers say they see no end in sight to the demand for bullets. “A lot of the distributors and suppliers are telling us it could be 2-3 months before we can get an ample supply of ammo and all that’s going to do is to drive up the prices,” said Dillard.