Metal shortage causes higher ammunition prices

A global shortage of precious metals has created an unpleasant reality for gun owners — higher ammunition prices.

For recreational owners, that means fewer hunting trips and days at the shooting range.

But for Whatcom County, Wash., law enforcement agencies, it means reconsidering how they train officers and balance their budgets.

Many are requesting more money to cover the higher prices. Some types of ammunition have almost doubled in price in the last year, Whatcom County Sheriff's Deputy Bryan Collins said.

The Sheriff's Office's ammunition purchases will be, on average, 41 percent more expensive.

"The price of doing our business has gone up just like everyone else," Lynden Police Chief Jack Foster said. "It's just something we'll have to live with. That's not something you can skimp on."

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