Skip to comments.Proctor Chief Turns to Citizens During Ammo Shortage
Posted on 05/11/2013 6:04:45 AM PDT by voicereason
Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A nationwide ammunition shortage has police departments across the country counting their bullets. It's no different in Proctor, where the Chief says he was told he'd have to wait months, even a year to get more ammo.
"I was really surprised, let's just put it that way," said Chief Walt Wobig of the difficulty getting ammunition.
Woberg says that when he asked suppliers for the 1,000 rounds of ammo his officers needed for training, he was told he'd have to wait months.
"I go, 'Do you have 40caliber qualification rounds?' And they go, 'Well, no. It's going to take six to eight months [to get them],'" said Wobig of a conversation with a manufacturer.
Retailers say the nationwide shortage is due in part to people stockpiling ammunition in response to recently proposed gun legislation.
"It was getting a little short last fall, so they were already behind, but there definitely is panic," said Superior Shooters Supply owner, Pat Kukull of the shortage, "We've [the store] been here for 35 years and I've never seen anything like it."
With the Proctor Police Department in need of ammunition, the Chief sent out a call asking for help. Who answered? The very people his officers are sworn to protect.
"The citizens were like, 'If you need something, we got plenty here,'" said Wobig.
A citizen and a Proctor police officer loaned their personal ammunition to the Department, a total of 1,500 rounds. The Chief says others were willing to help too.
"I had several other calls from other citizens that said, 'Hey, if you need more ammunition we have plenty,'" said Woberg, "I know that if I need ammunition I have citizens out there that will gladly come forward."
The Chief says he still has ammunition on order and will be repaying the citizens for their contributions when the department is able to. He also sent in a request to Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar for help regarding their ammunition shortage.
Let the cops buy it from DHS. That’s been the plan all along anyway.
Were I to find out my police department in my smallish town needed ammo, I’d give them some. I wouldn’t even consider giving or loaning any to a large urban police force.
None of the cops in my town are dog shooters.
“And I’m like...” “and he’s like,...” “Then he goes...” “And she goes...”
“And it was, like, totally awesome, you know, dude?”
That’s funny, because I run into 40 cal all of the time...probably because I don’t own that weapon....
It’s on-line and in stores more than any other handgun round.
Now, if he’s hung up on “qualification rounds”....
I asked myself if the chief would share his ammo if I was running short, he wouldn’t, so I won’t.
Maybe... just maybe in a small town. Any other circumstances.. no. The reason? They will then know who has ammo and that quickly turns to who has guns. If there is a push for future confiscation (and that includes lack of ammo for the department)... guess what ammo/weapons will be confiscated? Just my tin foil hat reasoning....
I am always fair!!
Wonder what the criminals will do when they run out of bullets
The chief should go to gunbroker.com and buy some ammo. All he has to do is type in 40 ammo and he will see ammo up for bids.
500 rounds of Federal 40 S&W 180 gr. fmj ammo still has about 40 minutes to go in the biding. It should go for about 50 to 60 cents per round when all is said and done.
It is capitalism at work. For $500 to $600 he will have his 1,000 rounds by the end of next week.
What ever happened to the pre-revolutionary war practice, like Lexington and Concorde, of everybody storing their powder in a common armory, to be “safe?”
I guess we learned something from a failure to disperse our resources. Now the redcoats have to come to our houses individually, I guess.
Perhaps now they won’t waste them on shooting pets when they show up at the wrong house.
Publik edahkayshun, is like such a great way to waste a young mind. Minniesooter is like so franken cool.
I think the chief go to Cheaper Than Dirt and buy ammo at prices Higher than Hell just like us little people do.
Don’t give them squat. They just execute peoples golden retrievers with the ammo. I donated APRIL 15TH.
>>Thats funny, because I run into 40 cal all of the time...probably because I dont own that weapon....
Same here. 40 is everywhere. Except in my gun safe.