DETROIT, May 8 (UPI) -- The fear of a Democratic Party agenda in Washington has triggered a shortage of ammunition, a gun group said.
"Many of the lawmakers in power right now have a long history of supporting legislation that violates the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans," said Ted Novin, the director of public affairs at the National Shooting Sports Foundation, The Detroit News reported Friday.
"Gun owners recognize this and are reacting accordingly," Novin said, referring to a run on ammunition that has caused shortages in 9 mm and .22 caliber rounds, the News said.
Several Michigan stores are rationing sales, the newspaper said.
U.S. manufacturers produce about 8 billion rounds of ammunition a year, the foundation said. Winchester Ammunition, on a company Web site, says, "our team is literally working around the clock to make quality ammunition available for purchase."
Some said the supposed fears were a ploy within the industry to whip up sales, the News said.
Michigan State University constitutional law Professor Michael Lawrence said, "Obama for one has always affirmed there is an individual right to bear arms."
"He was a constitutional law professor. He agrees with the fundamental principles of the National Riffle Association in that regard," Lawrence said.