MIAMI - APRIL 09: Elsie Garcia weighs a box of 5.56mm cartridges as she packages them for shipping at Stone Hart manufacturing, Co. April 9, 2009 in Miami, Florida. Ammunition suppliers nationwide are reporting a shortage due in part to a sharp rise in gun sales after the election of President Obama that are said to be fueled by fears his administration will usher in more restrictive gun laws. Other factors for the shortage are reported to be the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and fear of social upheaval due to the worsening economy. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Upper Peninsula police budgets are taking a substantial hit due to a nationwide ammunition shortage. The shortage began in 2020 and spilled over into 2021

Throughout the pandemic the hoarding of ammunition led to the shortage and, as a result, skyrocketing prices, affecting UP’s law enforcements’ acquisition of ammunition.

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