In March 2010 came news that the Department of Education had ordered 27 Remington 870 shot guns to augment its existing inventory of shot guns and certified armor.
Two years later, in March 2012, came news that the Department of Homeland Security, a federal government agency that’s largely focused on domestic operations, recently ordered 450 million rounds of hollow point ammunition, and has another bid out for 175 million rounds of . 223 rifle ammo. (All this is on top of the 2 million rounds ordered in 2009). The DHS is refusing to answer requests for an explanation.
Now, the IntelHub reports, April 4, 2012, that Homeland Security is not the only domestic government agency that has bought a large amount of ammunition in the last 7 months.
- 40 caliber, 180 grain, 120,000 rounds or equivalent.
- 9 mm, 124 grain, 50,000 rounds or equivalent.
- .38 caliber, 135 grain, 10,000 rounds or equivalent.
- .380 caliber, 90 grain, 6,000 rounds or equivalent.
- .223 caliber, 64 grain, 87,500 rounds or equivalent.
- 12 gauge 00 buck, 15,000 rounds or equivalent.
- 40 caliber frangible, 10,000 rounds or equivalent.
- 9 caliber frangible, 10,000 rounds or equivalent.
- .223 caliber frangible, 10,000 rounds or equivalent.
- 12-gauge 1 oz slug, 7,500 rounds or equivalent.
The ammunition are to be delivered to Albuquerque, NM.
Should we be alarmed by this, as we were alarmed by the Department of Education’s shot guns and Homeland Security’s millions of rounds of ammunition?
I looked up the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) on Wikipedia.
The USFS is an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USFS administers America’s 193 million acres of 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands. Major divisions of the agency include the National Forest System, State and Private Forestry, Research and Development, and Law Enforcement and Investigations.
The USFS’s Law Enforcement & Investigations unit (LEI), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a federal law enforcement agency of the U.S. government. It is responsible for enforcement of federal laws and regulations governing national forest lands and resources. LEI’s operations are divided into two major functional areas:
- Law Enforcement: uniformed high visibility enforcement of laws and
- Investigations: special agents who investigate crimes against property, visitors and employees.
Given the Law Enforcement and Investigations unit, the USFS’s purchase of 300,000 rounds of ammunition does not seem unreasonable. What do you think?