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Killeen: Gun seller limiting sales of ammunition amid national shortage

Waco-Temple-Bryan KWTX-TV logo Waco-Temple-Bryan KWTX-TV 7/24/2020 Rosemond Crown
a close up of a keyboard: Guns and ammunition are flying off shelves here and across the country as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. (File) © Provided by Waco-Temple-Bryan KWTX-TV Guns and ammunition are flying off shelves here and across the country as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. (File)

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) - Guns and ammunition are flying off shelves in Central Texas and across the country as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.

That has caused a national shortage and gun shops are rationing sales.

Damon Cross, a gun seller in Killeen and the owner of Texas License 2 Carry, said he is limiting customers to only two boxes of 9mm ammunition.

"Those are the most common rounds that people are looking for. And of course with that being said, those are the most common rounds that you know we have a shortage of in the US," Cross said.

The National Rifle Association said more than 2 million people have become first time gun owners in the first half of 2020.

a screenshot of a cell phone: NRA Twitter post. © Provided by Waco-Temple-Bryan KWTX-TV NRA Twitter post.

The association said a combination of fears about the pandemic and civil unrest about racial issues are to blame for the surge in interest.

“People think that they’re going to be walking outside and they’re going to come across a group of rioters and that they’re going to want to damage their property or break into their homes, and it’s just not true,” Cross said.

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