Senators propose limiting government ammo sales

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) – Ammunition seems to be in short supply these days because many local stores can barely keep bullets on their shelves.

Some lawmakers are blaming an ammo shortage on the federal government, which could see new limits placed on its supplies.

Republican Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas has co-sponsored a bill recently called the Ammunition Management for More Obtainability, or AMMO, Act of 2013.

The AMMO Act was introduced in Congress following concerns that federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security have stockpiled ammunition, affecting availability nationwide.

According to Sen. Boozman’s Web site, the proposal “prohibits agencies covered by this legislation from purchasing or storing more ammunition than it retained on average between 2001 and 2009. The AMMO Act would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to audit federal agencies’ purchases of ammunition.”

The bill aims to limit how much ammo the federal government can ultimately buy so that there’s more available to the American consumers, who have reportedly struggled to find or even buy ammo.

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