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Media trying to spread the “war is causing a police ammo shortage” myth. Again.

The know-nothing Associated Press is once again attempting to claim that the wars overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan are using up ammunition supplies for our police at home.

This article is of course entirely wrong.

Let’s start by pointing out that the military has their own dedicated ammunition plants. They have no impact on the civilian market (which the cops use, just like us) in any way, shape, or form. And not that it matters, but the military is actually running a surplus, and is selling what they don’t need to the civilian market. But let’s demolish this badly researched article a bit more.

The military uses 5.56 NATO ammunition and 7.62 NATO ammunition in their rifles, and 9mm NATO ammunition in their handguns. They use full-metal jacketed ammunition. Law enforcement officers use 357 Sig, 40 S&W, 45 ACP and a few still use 9mm, almost always using jacketed-hollowpoint ammunition. They don’t use the same ammo.

The AP was wrong when I debunked this story 4 years ago,  when I debunked it 2 years ago, and they’re wrong now.

As regular readers know, I was at a a private event this past weekend in one of the free states south of NJ where we shot more than 91,000 rounds of ammo, and had another 108,000 in reserve on-site. We had 200K rounds, without depleting the supplies of the ammo retailer hosting the event. Obviously, the ammunition is out there and readily available.

So what is going on?

I like to think that the ammo companies–some of which aren’t even running at full capacity–simply place a lower priority on delivering ammunition to states that have done their best to destroy the shooting sports industry.

The reality is probably more mundane, and related to civilian supply and demand. One thing we know for certain is that the war effort has nothing to do with the civilian ammo supply, and that lie doesn’t become truth no matter how many time the Associated Press repeats it.


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  1. MJM says

    Thanks for spotting this, Bob, and going after it—again.

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  1. SayUncle » This again? linked to this post on June 15, 2011

    […] The press is spinning the old yarn about how the four (it is four now, right?) wars we’re in are eating up the police ammo supply. […]

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