Skip to comments.Why is the Department of Homeland Security buying so many bullets?
Posted on 02/15/2013 5:14:29 PM PST by ExxonPatrolUs
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.
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Could anything possibly be any clearer than this, what’s in the works for us...?
The Border Patrol is just one of many armed agencies in DHS and they use nearly 20 million rounds a year just in basic qualification. Over a 5 year period that is 100 million rounds just for the Border Patrol.
So Obama can go skeeting??
So there isn’t enough for patriotic Americans to buy?
Finally, a voice of reason in an ever increasing conspiracy heavy world.
so civillians can’t. and so the ones they can buy cost more.
Let’s compare the efficacy of this kind of training. How much training did the officers receive who threw rounds at two vehicles that looked like the cop killer’s vehicle?
One contract. 750 million rounds. To train 70,000 agents.
750,000,000 rounds for 70,000 agents. (NONE of whom are now “permitted” to arrest ANY illegal alien, by the way.....)
10,700 rounds per agent? For target practice?
Yeah, I thought they could only fire bean bags...
Seriously, I've read that they are buying hollow points, is that the type of ammo used to qualify?
Damn expensive way to practice...
PPardon my poor math skills but 15million rounds times5 years is 75 million, not a billion. Even doubling that for good luck is only 150 million.
So they just decided to buy about 140 years worth of ammunition for training?
Right... I wonder if there are any bridges that are up for sale?
To shoot us and our kids with.
What are we all gonna do about it?
actually, I heard that that is what LEO and domestic forces use.
Keeps ‘em from killing people on the other side of the wall when they miss
Hollow points are not for practice. They are for the streets.
“Also seize the provisions and ammunition that the enemy is bringing up from the rear to the front.”
Mao, Basic Tactics
Because they can afford it. Anybody bought any .375 H&H, .416 or .458 ammo lately. A box of .460 Weatherby is creeping ever closer to $10.00/cartridge.
It is 70k officers X number of rounds for qualifications X four quarters X five years