Rusk County sheriff’s office grapples with nation-wide ammo shortage
POSTED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 11:14am
Longview, TX — The nationwide ammunition shortage plaguing gun owners and law enforcement agencies is taking its toll on the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department, officials said Monday.
“We’ve got orders right now that are backlogged,” said Rusk County Sheriff’s Sgt. David Roberts, adding the department is still waiting on an order placed in February. “It’s just hard to get.”
Under normal circumstances, Rusk County Sheriff Jeff Price said, orders would be delivered in less than a week but now they are waiting up to 10 months on an ammunition order.
“The main thing is training. It’s awful hard to train when you ain’t got the ammo,” he said.
The department’s firearms certified officers must do firearms proficiency training twice a year, one mandated by the department and the other by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.
“(We have to) cut back on some of the training we want to do because the funding and the ammo just aren’t there,” the sheriff said. “We still will do the mandated qualifications, but nothing as far as training beyond the standardized qualifications.”
Price said he has 50 firearms-certified officers who are required to shoot 50 rounds twice a year during qualifications — meaning the department needs 5000 rounds of handgun ammunition just for the shooting range.
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