Why Is Homeland Security Buying So Many Bullets?

Published February 14, 2013 | 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

Read more:  http://nation.foxnews.com/homeland-security/2013/02/15/why-homeland-security-buying-so-many-bullets#ixzz2L1TwEi00

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