Guns Sales Hit Record Highs, Police Paying More for Ammo

By Stephanie Parkinson

January 15, 2013 Updated Jan 15, 2013 at 10:13 PM EDT

Allen County, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Gun control talks in Washington D.C. have gun sales in Indiana hitting record highs. And as more guns and ammunition are bought up it’s driving up prices which also impacts budgets for local law enforcement.

Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden began presenting the findings of his task force on gun violence to the president. President Obama, who vows to take action with or without Congress, is now reviewing the proposals, and will make an announcement Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile local gun shops say they're busier than ever. Since the tragedy that struck the small community of Newtown, Ct the general manager at Ranger Supply in Fort Wayne says it's hard to keep their store stocked.

"It was ridiculous, I mean starting the Monday after the Sandy Hook shooting, that entire wall was full. Day after day we kept selling more guns and more guns and more guns, said Mike Winther, General Manager, Ranger Supply.

In highest demand, the AR 15 rifle and other types of guns that also use high capacity magazines.

Winther says he feels he could be stripped of his second amendment right to bear arms if the Obama administration continues their push for more restrictions.

"What other stuff are they going to try to take away, are they going to try to take away our freedom of speech?” said Winther.

He also thinks it puts jobs on the line.

"I could be out of business in a signature, and Obama has been talking about how we need to stimulate the economy and get more jobs, by doing this he's going to eliminate more jobs,” said Winther.

Right now ammunition is also in short supply and the impact is starting to be felt by local police departments.

"With the availability of the ammo right now, it's gone up even more, so with our reducing budget it's a lot harder to get the ammo we need,” said Corey Smith, New Haven Police Department.

Last year New Haven Police spent $6,000 on ammunition but this year their quote came in at almost double that, $10,000.

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