As Homeland Security’s stockpile of weapons and ammunition grows larger, recent reports indicate the department is soliciting bids for 25 million rounds of shotgun ammunition over the next five years.
According to an online solicitation, the firepower will be collected “for use by all applicable agencies in the Department of Homeland Security” and “will be used as appropriate at all Department of Homeland Security … component locations nationwide and outside the [contiguous United States.]”
While the potential use of such ammunition is ambiguous, the overwhelming amount of ammunition being requested is not.
“The estimated quantities for slug ammunition types of ammunition are approximately three million rounds per year and for buckshot ammunition are approximately two million rounds per year,” the posting explains.
This is hardly the first such solicitation made by the agency in recent months. So far in 2014, DHS has reportedly amassed a huge reserve of long-range artillery shells. Just months prior to that, reports indicate the department surveyed manufacturers in an effort to determine which could reliably produce millions of rounds of ammunition within a limited timeframe.
Some estimates place the total stockpile of ammunition at more than 2.5 billion rounds, a large percentage of which consists of devastating hollow-point bullets.
The Bundy Ranch standoff revealed the propensity of at least one federal agency to bear arms against American citizens. Bureau of Land Management officers engaged in a standoff with the Cliven Bundy, using force against several members of his family, in their effort to collect a debt.
It was obvious from that incident that the DHS is not the only agency with weapons, ammunition, and willing officers at the ready.
Of course, that situation also motivated hundreds of passionate patriots to respond in kind, resulting in the agents’ retreat – at least temporarily. Facing an entity with billions of rounds of ammunition, however, would be an entirely different proposition.
Documentation proves virtually any of the federal government’s many agencies – including the Department of Education and the U.S. Postal Service – are engaged in collecting ammunition.
While there is no indication these bullets are being amassed for use against U.S. citizens, the sheer number of rounds combined with recent exhibitions of federal force is enough to cause concern among already wary Americans.
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This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom