“Ammunition and assault weapons in general have skyrocketed,” (Jenks, Oklahoma police chief Cameron Arthur) said. “In the past, $3,000 would get us several rifles or a great deal of ammunition. But we have seen prices go up 30, 40, 50 percent. In addition to the fact, not only is it a lot more expensive, but the time to get it could be six months to a year, or in some cases even longer.”
Arthur said the department is currently waiting on an order placed in October. It is due to this demand that many police departments have begun to trade and barter among each other.