Bullet sales skyrocket ahead of potential ban

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CLEMMONS, N.C. β€” The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has proposed a ban on popular SS-109 bullets, due to their ability to penetrate bulletproof vests worn by law enforcement officers.

While some say the ban is important to protect law enforcement, others say it's an infringement on the second amendment.

Clemmons resident and gun owner Ron Johnson opposes the ban.

"I think it’s more politics than saving lives," Johnson said. "The round that they're talking about banning is not really used in any major crime."

AJ Anderson, a former Marine and the owner of Chimera Armament in Clemmons, said banning the SS-109 bullets wouldn't make sense.

"Really the government should not have any superiority to what the militia or average American would be able to own," he said.

Anderson said the bullets are most commonly used for target shooting and hunting small vermin. He said there are other bullets that can penetrate bulletproof vests, and if a criminal wants to injure a law enforcement officer, he or she will always find a way.

Anderson said the SS-109 is a popular bullet because it's cheap. It's the bullet most commonly used by the military, he said, so there is often surplus supply available cheaply to the public.

Johnson said that's the main reason he uses the bullets.

"I can buy it a lot cheaper than I can some of the other ammunition on the market and when you shoot as much as I do, it gets expensive after a while," he said.

Anderson only opened his gun store a few weeks ago, so he said he has never carried the bullets. By the time he opened, he said, it was already too hard to find them because they're flying off shelves everywhere.