Ammunition shelves bare as US gun sales continue to soar

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FILE – In this Thursday, July 22, 2021, file photo, Madelynn Ann Bernau, of the United States, ejects her shells during practice at the Asaka Shooting Range ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The COVID-19 pandemic coupled with record sales of firearms have created a shortage of ammunition in the United States that has impacting competition and recreational shooters, hunters, people seeking personal protection and law enforcement agencies. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

SEATTLE (AP) — A shortage of ammunition in the U.S. is having an impact on law enforcement agencies, people seeking personal protection, recreational shooters and hunters.

And it also could deny new gun owners the practice they need to handle their weapons safely.

Manufacturers say they’re producing as much ammunition as they can, but many gun store shelves across the country are empty.

The ammunition shortage has caused some law enforcement officers to cut back on firearms training while a record number of people are buying guns for the first time, and prices for ammo continue to rise.

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