This one just won’t die- been floating around for the better part of a year now. And the paranoid fantasies run the gamut from Obama planning an all out military style assault on america to Obama buying up all the ammunition in lieu of gun control. With many sensationalistic headlines and emails saying they are buying enough ammunition to shoot every american (and illegal alien” 3 to 5 times)
So, let’s look at the facts, shall we?
Yes- DHS has indeed signed a contract to buy up to 450 million rounds of ammunition. Over the next five years.
Alarming eh? But let’s look…
First- unlike in the past where individual agencies made their own purchases- under Obama they got smart. Pooled their purchases to reduce costs.
Second- DHS consists of around 20 independent law enforcement organizations- including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, FEMA, USCIS, Customs and Border Protection, TSA, the Nuclear Detection Office, the Secret Service, and many others- including the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. (it also includes the Coast Guard but they get their ammo via the department of defense).
Third: DHS has well over 200,000 employees. Those that carry firearms are required to qualify with them yearly. And regardless- any gun owner, at least any responsible gun owner will tell you you must pratice. And it easy to go through 100, 200, even 500 rounds in a single session at the range.
Crunching the numbers of those in DHS carrying guns (in excess of 135,000) equates to under 700 rounds per year. Less then most gun enthusiats go through in a year. (When I was shooting a lot I could go through more rounds then that in a month)
Fourth- the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center goes through massive amounts of ammunition. They train over 90 federal agencies (more the 4X the number under the DHS umbrella) as well as training both state/local law enforcement officers from all 50 states, as well as tribal law enforcemnet, and even international law enforcement that comes here to learn. They train well over 10,000 LEO’s a year- who use well over a million rounds in their training.
And finally- this is a long term (5 yr) “up tp” contract. Very common in big business and government. Lcoking in a price. The government is not taking immediate delivery of 450 million rounds. But has locked in the option to buy up to that many at an agreed upon price.