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Posted: January 9, 2013 9:10 a.m.

Police facing shortage of ammunition for training

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — Police in metro Atlanta say a nationwide shortage of ammunition is causing them to delay training for officers and put orders for more bullets on back-order.

Douglas County Chief Deputy Stan Copeland tells WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/13gXSVa) the department has had to push back a couple training exercises while scrambling to restock.

Jay Wallace, a supplier of police ammunition who owns Smyrna Police Distributors in Cobb County, blames the shortage partly on a huge spike in gun and ammunition sales in recent weeks.

Wallace said he can't recall an ammunition shortage this severe.

Sandy Springs Police Chief Terry Sult said a shortage of ammunition for training can become a safety issue because officers are not as proficient as they should be.

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