HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - First it was semi-automatic rifles...now, it's ammunition.
Concerns over possible new federal gun control laws in the wake of the tragic Connecticut school shooting last month have prompted a wave of panic-buying across the nation, not only for certain types of guns, but also for ammo. And because of that, there are many empty shelves at some Pine Belt gun shops and long waits for gun owners who are wanting to re-stock their supply.
Many sporting goods and pawn shop owners in the Hattiesburg area say they are out of many types of rifle and hand gun ammunition, including the .223 and .22 caliber. They also say that 9mm ammunition is in short supply.
"We're totally out of .22, .223, 9mm, 762 x 39 and really low on a lot of the other ammunition," said Bill Fisher, co-owner of Pawn Shop Plus in Hattiesburg.
"I'm looking for a .22 long rifle and there are just none to be found at the moment...everywhere in Jones and Forrest counties and in the Petal area and there are just not any available," said David Stewart, a gun owner from Ellisville.
Some store employees say they've had to raise prices on ammunition, while others say their prices have remained unchanged.