Amidst concerns that the agency is engaged in a domestic arms race against the American people, the Department of Homeland Security has signed a new $4.5 million dollar contract with weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch.
A synopsis posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website yesterday announces the DHS’ intention to ink a five year deal with the Virginia-based firearms maker to provide gun replacement parts for the Federal Protective Service, ICE, Customs and Border Protection, “and other DHS agencies as needed.”
The total value of the contract is $4.5 million, spread out across five annual payments of $900,000 dollars.
Although the number of DHS agents who carry Heckler & Koch firearms is blacked out, the document states that the need to source replacement parts is to ensure reliability and “to minimize officer safety concern and to protect the American public.”
The document also notes that the DHS surveyed the “retail” market for weapons parts but failed to identify retailers that were able to, “stock sufficient quantities of parts needed to fulfill the quantities of parts anticipated to be ordered.”
The DHS has purchased weapons from Heckler & Koch numerous times in the past, including an April 2012 deal worth $143,000 for the company to provide submachine guns.
As we reported last week, the DHS is now censoring more information relating to its firearms purchases, including a $1.5 million contract with firearms manufacturer Remington.
Having committed to purchasing roughly 2 billion bullets over the course of the last year, it was also recently revealed that the DHS has retrofitted 2,717 “Navistar Defense” armored vehicles for domestic use.
Last September, the agency also purchased 7,000 fully automatic assault rifles, labeling them “personal defense weapons”.
Homeland Security’s rush to purchase large quantities of ammunition, guns, riot gear, armored vehicles and other related items is seen by some as part of an “arms build-up” in preparation for civil unrest in the aftermath of an economic collapse or another emergency that causes widespread social dislocation.
The mainstream media has failed to investigate the issue, instead regurgitating glib statements from DHS officials that the huge ammo buys are merely to save money by buying in bulk or that they are for training purposes only, despite the fact that many of the bullets purchased – hollow point rounds – are more expensive and not usually used for target practice.
Last week, former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin was ridiculed for warning that the federal government is “stockpiling bullets” in preparation for “civil unrest.”