Skip to comments.Police Departments Beg And Barter For Ammo While DHS Buys Up 1.6 Billion Rounds In Past Year
Posted on 03/22/2013 9:24:47 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
The nationwide shortage of ammunition has left many police departments scrambling to get their hands on the necessary rounds - with some even bartering among each other.
Meanwhile, Rep. Timothy Huelskamp (R-Kansas) says the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has failed to respond to multiple members of Congress asking why DHS bought more than 1.6 billion rounds in the past year.
Police Chief Cameron Arthur of Jenks, Oklahoma says, "Ammunition and assault weapons in general have skyrocketed...In addition to the fact, not only is it a lot more expensive, but the time to get it could be six months to a year, or in some cases even longer."
The guy at our local Walmart says they are stocking the warehouse and will “dump” it all out on the shelves at once.
That makes no sense to me, but it is what he said.
First they came for the lead in pipes.
Then they came for the lead in paints.
Then they came for the lead in gasoline.
Then they came for the lead fishing weights.
Then they came for the lead in solder.
Then they came for the lead tire weights.
Then they come for the lead in ammunition.
Now they come for the ammunition itself.......
I think I see a pattern here..........
I am thinking... this might be a VERY profitable time to open a ammunition factory in Texas.
A lot of calibers show a delivery date out into next summer or fall but once an item is on backorder that date can change for the better.
Sometimes in just a few weeks they will let you know your order is available.
“...some odd caliber stuff that looks like surplus from the siege of Khartoum.”
I haven’t found any lately........
That doesn’t mean that the DHS or the government is buying it up.
It very well could be the 55-80 million gunowners buying it up immediately whenever a shipment comes in.
yup, gun control at it’s finest...Can’t confiscate your weapons?? Screw it. You can have your weapons.as far as ammo is concerned....You can have what ya got and after that there is no more ammunition.
Friend has a reloader....says we’re ok...
No lead wheel weights are a travesty for boolit casters nation wide.
The government doesn’t deal with local distributors, they go straight to the manufacturers. Buy it in huge quantities, to tie up the factories making the the order. Small orders have to wait.....and wait.....and wait...........
I half am expecting to next hear rumors that the DHS is building “reeducation camps” in remote areas. With this administration you don’t need to be paranoid to think such things.
You can alloy cast wheel weights to make them suitable for any subsonic round. You can even use wheel weights to make good high velocity rounds with a gas check.
The problem is finding lead wheel weights. They are still legal in my state but most of the tire shops use the no lead variety because that is what their vendors supply now.
Even if you find a bucket of lead, you have to go through piece by piece to get rid of the no lead ones before melting them.
A real trajedy.
A few days ago I saw some of Baltimore’s finest load cases marked as handgun cartridges into the trunk, back seat and floor of the backseat of an unmarked 4 door sedan. A lot of ammo. They were about one block away from Downtown HQ just past lunchtime. Hmmmm.
A Resolution in the United States House of Representatives:
“That by stockpiling a vast surplus of ammunition for undisclosed purposes, the Department of Homeland Security has destabilized the ammunition market in the United States by creating an artificial shortage that has deprived both the public and law enforcement organizations throughout the US of the ammunition they both want and need for their own purposes.
“Therefore the DHS is directed to sell as surplus 1 billion rounds in its inventory at auction, in lots not greater than 100,000 rounds each to a single individual or organization, and which excludes any federal employee, contractor or organization. Furthermore, that this ammunition auction shall be at a price limited 70% of the cost of procurement and no higher.”