Across the region, sporting good retailers are reporting empty firearm racks and ammo shelves. Similar reports are cropping up nationwide amid fears of a federal clampdown as the Obama administration continues to push gun legislation. The increase in demand has people buying guns for the first time and reports of ammo hoarding has led to local shortages. Moreover, the federal system that processes background checks for gun dealers has also been swamped, experiencing heavy delays. Media outlets report, even local law enforcement could join the ever growing list of police departments’ nationwide experiencing ammunition shortages.