LANSING (WILX)-- There's been a shortage of gun ammo ever since the Sandy Hook tragedy, but some dealers never expected it to last this long.
The big conspiracy theory is since the government couldn't pass gun control it's buying up all the ammo to stop shootings that way.
Although the Department of Homeland Security denies it, there are claims that the agency plans to buy 1.6 billion rounds over the next 4-5 years according to the Associated Press. The excuse they gave was that this is going to be used solely for training purposes.
Local Shooting Instructor Richard Wyatt isn't buying the excuse.
"All that ammo is being warehoused and held out for the civilian market."
But others say gun owners are responsible for the shortage.
"Anytime you have a shortage that creates panic. Then everybody runs out buying as much as they can creating more panic. Therefore we create our own crisis of an ammo shortage," said Dan LaMothe with Total Firearms.
1.6 billion rounds of ammunition is about the equivalent of five cartridges for every person in the United States.
So many people have been trying to buy .22 and 9 mm cartridges that dealers can hardly keep them on their shelves. Some dealers have had to place a limit on what people can buy. Total Firearms has a one per person/per day limit on it's cartridges.
"I have people coming in regular to buy their ammo. Some of them are sitting on thousands of shells that they won't use any time soon," said LaMothe.
If it really is the government creating the shortage local leaders want to hear the truth as well.
"We're not going to micro manage, but we should know what is happening and that goes for the federal level as well," said State Representative Andy Schor (D).
Whether you believe it's the government behind the shortage, or gun owners creating their own crisis, it shouldn't last forever.
"I think people will eventually stop stock piling it and our shelves will start to fill back up," said LaMothe.