Law enforcement agencies short on bullets - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Law enforcement agencies short on bullets

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A growing bullet shortage nationwide is affecting law enforcement agencies all over the country.

Police in the lake area say it's forcing them to order ammunition months in advance to make sure they have enough.

"We would place an order and the next week we would receive it but now we're having to wait 6 to 10 months to receive ammunition," says Chief Deputy Gary "Stitch" Guillory of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

Guillory says the recent shortage has caught him by surprise.

"I served as a fire arm instructor for 15 years, and this is the first time I can remember anything like this happening," says Guillory. 

The reason for the gradual nationwide shortage over the past year goes back to one thing according to Guillory.

"Simply because they're making so much ammunition for the wars in Afghanistan, it is a little bit harder to get than what it usually was," says Guillory.

Guillory says they need bulks of ammunition to train cadets.

"Our situation is very unique," says Guillory. "We hold training for a five parish area, so we need enough ammunition to have them come out and perform their training."

Fortunately, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says the shortage in bullets is not slowing down their practices.

"We had the foresight to see that there was a problem and we're very well stocked up," says Guillory.

Not only are they stocked up to train their cadets, but to also protect the community from harm.

"You don't have to worry about whether or not the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is going to have enough ammunition," says Guillory. "We're going to have enough ammunition to fight the bad guys."

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says they don't see the bullet shortage letting up anytime soon.

In the meantime, they plan to continue ordering enough ammunition at least 6 months in advance.

(Copyright 2009 KPLC-TV. All rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: Crowley officer shot Wednesday night has been released from hospital

    UPDATE: Crowley officer shot Wednesday night has been released from hospital

    Thursday, March 23 2017 6:03 PM EDT2017-03-23 22:03:25 GMT
    Roscoe and his handler Tate Thibodeaux (Source: Crowley Police Department)Roscoe and his handler Tate Thibodeaux (Source: Crowley Police Department)

    A Crowley police officer is recovering after getting shot overnight, authorities said.

    More >>

    A Crowley police officer is recovering after getting shot overnight, authorities said.

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Crowley police dog shot and killed overnight brought to Calcasieu Parish

    Crowley police dog shot and killed overnight brought to Calcasieu Parish

    Thursday, March 23 2017 5:54 PM EDT2017-03-23 21:54:25 GMT
    Roscoe and his handler Tate Thibodeaux (Source: Crowley Police Department)Roscoe and his handler Tate Thibodeaux (Source: Crowley Police Department)

    A Crowley Police Department K-9 officer died in an overnight shooting that left two others dead and an officer wounded.  The K-9 officer Roscoe was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office on Thursday around noon. Police held a procession for the slain K-9 officer. Roscoe is set to be cremated tomorrow in Sulphur.  State police are continuing to investigate the shooting. The identity of the victims are unknown at this time. Copyright ...

    More >>

    A Crowley Police Department K-9 officer died in an overnight shooting that left two others dead and an officer wounded.  The K-9 officer Roscoe was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office on Thursday around noon. Police held a procession for the slain K-9 officer. Roscoe is set to be cremated tomorrow in Sulphur.  State police are continuing to investigate the shooting. The identity of the victims are unknown at this time. Copyright ...

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warm temperatures will continue, but rain is on its way!

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warm temperatures will continue, but rain is on its way!

    Thursday, March 23 2017 4:19 PM EDT2017-03-23 20:19:34 GMT
    Cold front brings rain Friday nightCold front brings rain Friday night

    Overnight we are less likely to see fog develop. We will have windier conditions which will limit the fog tonight. We will have slightly windy conditions with increasing clouds throughout the night. Lows will be in the middle 60s. Friday will start out with mostly cloudy skies. Showers and thunderstorms will be heading toward the area. The rain should arrive more in the evening, then will continue overnight into Saturday morning. Most of the heavier rain will be north of our area.

    More >>

    Overnight we are less likely to see fog develop. We will have windier conditions which will limit the fog tonight. We will have slightly windy conditions with increasing clouds throughout the night. Lows will be in the middle 60s. Friday will start out with mostly cloudy skies. Showers and thunderstorms will be heading toward the area. The rain should arrive more in the evening, then will continue overnight into Saturday morning. Most of the heavier rain will be north of our area.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly