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Shortage of guns and ammunition could affect police resources

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Talk about new gun laws have some gun shop owners busy selling rifles and ammunition.  Some stores have even run out.

The owner of Rhoades Gun Shop in Commerce, Oklahoma says their inventory is down 25% from what it should be under usual times.

There's a high demand from shoppers, a mix of regulars and new customers.

"It's been very busy," says Delcie Rhoades, owner of Rhoades Gun Shop.

As soon as certain rifles arrive in store they are sold.  Rhoades says it's become a recent, usual routine after a tragic shooting spree.

Police see the trend, too.

Authorities say customers are fearing the unknown, people hearing President Obama and other government leaders talk about possible new rules.

"An assault weapons ban - there would be a ban on extended magazines," says Crawford County Under sheriff Dan Peak.

So now there's a shortage of semi-automatics and ammunition for these types of rifles.

"We try to order them and you can not," says Rhoades.

Shop owners tell us they are seeing some new customers as well - teachers.

The state of Oklahoma is considering letting teachers carry guns in public schools.

"They just hope the law will pass," says Rhoades.  "They're just purchasing guns while they can."

"I think those people that currently have them will be allowed to keep them, that's my assumption," says Peak.

But this rush to buy may shoot a bullet through law enforcement resources.

The sheriff's office in Crawford County buys its ammunition at the beginning of each year.

"We could be looking at the end of 2013 as a time to scramble to look for ammo for 2014," says Under sheriff Peak.

For now gun shop owners say they want to see one of two things from the government:  less talk and more action, or no talk at all.

As for the possibility of new gun laws, Peak, who becomes sheriff of Crawford County next week, says he needs to see actual details before he makes any opinion.  Of course, regardless of his opinion, Peak says he'll have to enforce it.

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