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Why is the Department of Homeland Security buying so many bullets?

AmmunitionThis should be good for a laugh.

Fox News – by Associated Press

Online rumors about a big government munitions purchase are true, sort of.

The Homeland Security Department wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years. It says it needs them — roughly the equivalent of five bullets for every person in the United States — for law enforcement agents in training and on duty. 

Published federal notices about the ammo buy have agitated conspiracy theorists since the fall. That’s when conservative radio host Alex Jones spoke of an “arms race against the American people” and said the government was “gearing up for total collapse, they’re gearing up for huge wars.”

The government’s explanation is much less sinister.

Federal solicitations to buy the bullets are known as “strategic sourcing contracts,” which help the government get a low price for a big purchase, says Peggy Dixon, spokeswoman for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga . The training center and others like it run by the Homeland Security Department use as many as 15 million rounds every year, mostly on shooting ranges and in training exercises.

Dixon said one of the contracts would allow Homeland Security to buy up to 750 million rounds of ammunition over the next five years for its training facilities. The rounds are used for basic and advanced law enforcement training for federal law enforcement agencies under the department’s umbrella. The facilities also offer firearms training to tens of thousands of federal law enforcement officers. More than 90 federal agencies and 70,000 agents and officers used the department’s training center last year.

The rest of the 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition would be purchased by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal government’s second largest criminal investigative agency.

ICE’s ammunition requests in the last year included:

–450 million rounds of .40-caliber duty ammunition

–40 million rounds of rifle ammunition a year for as many as five years, for a total bullet-buy of 200 million rounds

–176,000 rifle rounds on a separate contract

–25,000 blank rounds

The Homeland Security ammo buy is not the first time the government’s bullets purchases have sparked concerns on the Internet. The same thing happened last year when the Social Security Administration posted a notice that it was buying 174,000 hollow point bullets.

Jonathan L. Lasher, the agency’s assistant inspector general for external relations, said those bullets were for the Social Security inspector general’s office, which has about 295 agents who investigate Social Security fraud and other crimes.

Jones the talk-show host did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/14/why-is-department-homeland-security-buying-so-many-bullets/#ixzz2KyKhHFGT

 

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5 Responses to Why is the Department of Homeland Security buying so many bullets?

  1. Randy says:

    Good answer but anyone who shoots knows that you dont practice with hollow points. As far as ICE goes There is rarely an illegal shot. much less convicted.

  2. Steve from Ohio says:

    They are buying billions of rounds and telling the manufacturers that in order to get the order, they have to sell exclusively to the US government and no one else.
    So in effect, we have gun control through the manipulation of the ammo market.
    By buying up all the production of ammo manufacturers, they have driven down the availability of ammo and have driven up the cost to a point where ammo is too expensive to own.

    Guns also have become more expensive due to government threats of confiscation. By just putting out rumors about confiscation, the gun market has gone nuts with panic buying. So in effect they have removed from the market people who could not afford to buy guns.

    It is all being done behind the scene with very few folks realizing the ramifications of the massive purchases by DHS and the government.

  3. US Marine Fighting Tyranny says:

    My Fellow Patriots:

    Question: “Why Is DHS Buying So Many Bullets?”

    Answer: To Kill you with.

    I thought we had that all worked out already?

    JD – US Marines – You buy munitions for the threat you expect to undertake. In this case, combat illegal ammo that also has numerous export/import restrictions is for Americans only, to turn your brains into splatter paint.

  4. NC says:

    “The same thing happened last year when the Social Security Administration posted a notice that it was buying 174,000 hollow point bullets.

    Jonathan L. Lasher, the agency’s assistant inspector general for external relations, said those bullets were for the Social Security inspector general’s office, which has about 295 agents who investigate Social Security fraud and other crimes.”

    Yes, because 295 social security fraud agents (who for some strange reason have guns while working) need 174, 000 HOLLOW POINT bullets to fight social security fraud and “other crimes”? What “other crimes”?

    Also, like the Randy says, “You don’t practice with HOLLOW POINTS”!!! Wake up people!

  5. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “What “other crimes”?

    The crime of being a patriot, of course.

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