Wars Creating Ammo Shortage For Tri-State Police Departments

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The two wars being fought in the Middle East are having an effect on local police departments back home.

There’s a shortage of ammunition for law enforcement agencies because of the high demand.

In New Jersey, experts tell Gannett New Jersey it has yet to become a safety issue. But rising costs and a decreased supply have put a burden on law enforcement to stockpile ammunition, and that can be a problem during lean economic times.

Some orders take a year to fill, forcing towns to make larger orders to compensate, and that can stretch budgets.

The head of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police says he’s heard the same story from police departments around the state.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Jeezus

    hope my comment gets thru-seems like about 10-1 are cop haters here….maybe the good guys are getting screened or maybe i’m the only other good guy here-if you dont like the idea of cops, then youre in the wrong country (USA assumed). this is a country gladly founded and grounded on abiding by the law. there is no doubt that corruption in law exists, but as with everything there is gonna be that bad seed infiltrator. but that’s not to say the core and standard ideals of the law is to protect us. and the majority of people who serve are aware of that fact. and they serve us darn well. sometimes you have to give respect to earn it back, and if you dont respect a cop from the outset youre less likely to get respect back and rightfully so.

    this story mentions nothing of needing bigger caliber ammo. just more of the standard issue ammo. you’re making something out of nothing and feeding into some cop hating frenzy and uneducated anti gun nonsense. companies who make ammo are backed up and so it filters down to all parties, in this case, the war gets first dibs apparently, then the law enforcement, then civilians. that’s all assumed obviously and even if it were the actual breakdown, i’m sure that too would have corruption in it somewhere affecting the prioritized parties or final whereabouts or of ammo distribution.

    telling cops to use tasers assumes that you’ve already had a meeting with the criminal element of society and made sure they aren’t gonna use guns anymore. but i dont think criminals will be fond of tasers and for obvious reasons. the people responding so far on this story sound very ignorant and i could care less if this is your opinion because you all sound like criminals anyways.

    • mj

      just as we could care less what you think.

      • Jeezus

        that’s what i said-are you trying to reiterate?…you responding shows you do care what i think in fact. and go ahead and be a criminal loser.

  • mj

    what a shame . cops are going to have to find a new way to kill unarmed people

    • Jose Curvose


      Cop should start using “less lethal” weapon like Taser Gun.

      Incidents when Cop kill people who raise “Black wallet” who gets gun down.

      Incidents when Cop ask college student to move, then jump in front of car, then Shoots the driver by Pace U.

      These should learn to disable suspects instead of “Killing” suspects!!!

      Hopefully using “less lethal” weapon like Taser Gun, will be an alternative of using Guns to Stop Suspects (Kill).

  • kendra

    now you know the police department doesn,t need any more powerful ammo cause they already cause enough damage and detruction as it is now.so please once in your life forget the ammo okay.or else everyone else will have them to.

  • Reduce

    Reduce shooting a person from 40 to about 20 and you should see a surplus. Supid cops.

  • bill burns

    Its not the wars, Barack Obama is stopping the sale of all ammo.

    • Mike


      You’re as big an idiot as the guy above you is. This has been an issue for my department before Obama was in office.

      • Andrew Bellucci

        I hope your entire department gets blown off the face off the earth.

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