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Spike in Maine ammunition sales

6:23 PM, Apr 5, 2013   |    comments
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AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - It's hard to have a conversation with Jamie Pelletier at Reid's gun shop in Auburn, Maine. His phone rings every few minutes. The person on the other end often has the same question, do you have any ammo?

Pelletier says the spike in ammunition sales started several weeks ago. He says gun owners are seeing states like Connecticut enact strict new gun laws and they are worried. A provision in the new Connecticut law calls for background checks on people who buy ammunition. It's a hefty price tag to go target shooting.

There are currently more than 20 bills pending in the Maine legislature that deal with firearms. Some seek to make laws more restrictive, including one that would make it illegal to have a magazine with more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Another would require background checks for any sales or transfers of firearms at a gun show. Cory Pratt, owner of Riverside Firearms says some of his customers are stockpiling their ammunition.

For some gun owners, that fear is driving them to buy bullets... as many as they can.

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