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Sarah Thomas
Longview News Journal
April 8, 2013

A nationwide ammunition shortage prompted Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano to notify deputies in March that they would have to supply their own ammunition for this year’s firearm qualifications — something Cerliano had never done in 13 years in office.

The sheriff was able to pull the plug on that plan this past week, when the department’s bullet order, placed more than 60 days ago, finally came in.

The shipment arrived just in time, since Gregg County deputies must renew their firearm qualifications this month, Cerliano said.

“I have instructed my firearms instructor to place another order so we don’t end up in this jam again,” Cerliano said, adding that, normally, such an order would not be placed for several more months.

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