Shortage causes ammunition to fly off store shelves

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St. Petersburg, Florida - There is a shortage of gun ammunition at shops across the country and in the Bay Area.

"Very, very little stock in the store right now," said Mike Sfakianos, a manager in the gun shop at Bill Jackson's Shop for Adventure in Pinellas Park.

Most in demand is ammunition for AR-15 and AK-47 assault rifles and a range of 9 mm and .45-caliber handgun ammunition.

Sfakianos tells 10 News that in recent weeks, manufacturers have been unable to meet the demand for order from stores everywhere. 

In fact, Bill Jackson's has limited the number of boxes of ammo that each customer can buy in a single day.

So what is leading to the buying hysteria surrounding ammunition in recent weeks?

Many people are concerned about stricter gun regulations that may be on the horizon.

In addition, many people bought guns when President Obama was first elected to office in 2008 and then again last year - fearing that his presidency would lead to tougher laws for gun owners. 

"I find that I've been buying a little bit more than usual just because how the times are so uncertain. We don't know where things are headed with the gun control initiative," said a customer at Bill Jackson, who did not want to be identified by name.

While the nation waits for lawmakers on Capitol Hill, many gun enthusiasts and advocates are stockpiling ammo in case new legislation on gun ownership is introduced.

"In uncertain times it's better to be safe than sorry and if you want to make sure you have something today," continued the unnamed customer.

Bill Jackson's Gun Shop said some of the ammo it sells is more expensive because they are forced to buy from wholesalers instead of directly from manufactures.

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