Price of Ammo Increases as Gun Permit Applications Soar

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DOTHAN, AL--It's time for Devin Lewis to play catch-up.

"This is about the lowest we've seen it in a long time, I can't remember ever having this much of a run on ammunition," said Lewis.

The empty shelves are a sign that the demand for ammunition is increasing and that in turn has affected something else.

"The price is increasing due to the increase in demand," explained Lewis.

Lewis says he thinks questions surrounding gun control may be the driving force.

"You don't know if we're going to be able to get the guns or the ammunition pretty soon so everybody's buying out whatever they can while they can."

A popular box of hunting ammunition was around 19.99 last year, this year it's 21.99.

"There are some that are taking a bigger increase because the demand for them is increasing but generally ammunition overall is increasing," added Lewis.

The demand is visible. Only three days into the new year, the Houston County Sheriff's Office has already received more than 100 gun permit applications.

"In three days close to about 190 have been applied for," said Captain Gonzalez.

Gonzalez says that number is out of the norm but he believes people simply want to protect themselves.

"In light of the incidents that have happened across the nation, gun control issues that are coming into affect plus the fact that we have had an increase in crimes of people breaking into people's homes."

It takes about five days for the permit to be approved after a criminal background check.

Gun permits are $20 and must be renewed each year.

As we told you a few weeks ago, gun sales also increased after the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

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