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Published April 29, 2014, 08:45 PM

Guns & ammo, 1 year after the shortage

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A year ago, ammunition was nearly impossible to come by.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A year ago, ammunition was nearly impossible to come by.

A frenzy over expected gun restrictions emptied store shelves. Even law enforcement struggled to get shells.

Store shelves are again stocked, but what law and restrictions actually passed during that time?

These days, it's pretty easy for consumers to get their hands on most ammunition. Only .22 shells are still hard to come by.

But let's rewind to about a year ago.

Shelves of ammunition were empty.

Gary Dockter/ Gen & Reel Sports: "A lot of that is hype, too. People start buying ammunition then the next guy buys a bunch, and he hears his neighbor is buying it and it just spreads."

Even law enforcement had a hard time getting the bullets they needed.

Bill Bergquist/ Clay County Sheriff: "Whenever there's an incident of violence, people get a little more excited."

At the time, stricter gun laws seemed inevitable.

Dockter: "Something probably will come about it needs to come about."

But after all that speculation, what happened?

Viewers might remember that shortly after the Sandy Hook shootings; President Obama signed 23 executive orders for more gun regulation.

But no federal laws concerning guns ever actually passed. A push for expanded background checks failed in the U.S. Senate.

The only real change came from individual states, but not in the way you might think.

North Dakota and South Dakota each passed several gun-related laws in the months following the Sandy Hook tragedy.

But those laws did more to LOOSEN gun regulations not tighten them.

South Dakota passed a law allowing school districts to arm school employees, hired security personnel, or volunteers.

North Dakota allowed guns at certain gaming sites, and let churches decide whether they would allow concealed weapons on their property.

On the other hand, Minnesota shortened the time frame that officials must submit data to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System on felons and other people ineligible to have firearms.

Bergquist: "Nothing changed when it comes to the carrying. Nope, nothing new."

Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist says all these months later, an increase in people getting their permits hasn't slowed down.

Bergquist: "Now it seems to be that a lot of people are coming in and saying jeepers all these people are getting it so we felt we should get them."

For now, the gun control debate has seemed to calm down, but still bubbling under the surface.

Both North and South Dakota tried to pass a law making federal gun restrictions invalid in those states.

Both failed.

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