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Residents Report Fights When Ammunition Arrives in Stores

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- Gun owners said buying ammunition is not only nearly impossible, but dangerous with nationwide shortages leading to panic buying across West Tennessee.

Customer Curis James told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that he is afraid to purchase ammunition after resident's behavior the last time trucks delivered ammo to Gander Mountain in Jackson.

"When you have to stand in line with 40-60 people deep and the door opens and then when the doors open you see people just stampeding or just running back there to get the ammunition, it's frightening in a way and it's sad that people want to be like this," said James.

Customers said that the fresh stock of ammunition only lasts for about two hours before it is completely gone again and gun owners said the fights are on every ammo aisle in West Tennessee.

"Yes, and you do have some confrontation when your trying to purchase," said Customer Michael Hatch. " I've seen people bickering over it saying 'I was here first' basically just trying to fight over it then they calm down and go their separate ways."

James said he has never seen people act the way they are now, stocking up and fighting over the last boxes of ammunition.

"First thing comes to mind is what in the world is this world coming to?," said James. " I'm 63 years old and I've never seen nothing like this in all of my days. I don't know what it's coming to but it's very frightening and it's very sad."

Managers told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that they are now limiting the number of boxes each customer can buy to combat residents from stockpiling on ammunition.

"As soon as it comes out on the shelf, it's gone you have people that hear about it then they call all of their friends and everybody is there," said Hatch.

Gun owners said they are glad some stores are trying to put a limit on the the number of boxes, to be fair.

"It's good that they're limiting so many boxes. Walmart out there, they are doing the same thing and I told them I appreciate it because it gives other people a chance to buy some ammunition," said James.
"I'm going to be there if the good Lord is willing on Thursday morning but I'm going to stand back and watch, then I'll go in there and see if anything is left and I hope there is."

Officials said the problem could extend to police departments soon. Both Crockett and Henderson Counties have already expressed concerns about future supplies being available.
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