Eastern Idaho Gun Shops, Low on Ammo, Only Sell to Customers Who Also Purchase New Gun

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Ammo shortages in Eastern Idaho have led some merchants to refuse service to customers. In fact, one Blackfoot gun shop owner says he's only selling ammunition to customers who buy a new gun.

KIDK-TV reports that some gun shop owners are pointing to an abnormal jump in gun sales, triggering a run on ammo, while other shop owners say there's something "shady" going on.

"There are a lot of unscrupulous businesses and individuals that are charging a huge premium for (.22 caliber ammo)," A to Z gun shop owner Tim Jenneiahn told KIDK-TV. 

But Jenneiahn added that if customers ask to "just buy ammo, I have to tell them 'I'm sorry. We aren't going to do it.'" But said he would be more than happy to sell ammo to a customer who bought a new .22 rifle or pistol .

KIDK-TV reports that several Eastern Idaho gun shops said they were completely sold out of ammunition and haven't had product in stock for several months.