The Department of Homeland Security placed another solicitation on the FedBizOpps website for a large amount of ammunition on Wednesday, this time inquiring ammo manufacturers with a market survey about whether they can supply the agency with 2 million rounds of various calibers.
“The purpose of this sources sought notice is to determine how the Government requirements can be met,” the solicitation reads. “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), Glynco, Georgia is anticipating a purchase of Reduced Hazard Training Ammunition (RHTA) for multiple caliber types for use in the training programs for the FLETC sites.”
The solicitation does not seek to award a contract nor to actually purchase ammo; instead, the DHS merely wants to know if the manufacturers will be able to supply the agency in the future.
In order to determine if the manufacturer is able to comply, the DHS has a list of 20 questions, including:
Are you capable of producing large quantity orders of any training caliber specified with a short turnaround time of 30-60 days?
What would your lead time be for an order of 2 million rounds of a single type listed above?
If you were awarded a contract for some of the calibers listed above, submitted a production lot of one million rounds and that lot or portion of the lot was not accepted, would you be able to replace that order with an additional one million rounds within 60 days?
Do you have the resources and mechanisms required to endure the recalling or rejection of production lots of ammunition: What is your plan for mitigating this risk?
The DHS has stoked controversy with their recent purchases of 1.6 billion rounds of mostly hollow point ammunition, to be delivered over the course of five years. While the DHS has denied the purchases and also claimed that the rounds are bought in bulk to save money, enough attention has been warranted to bring about a Congressional investigation, which found that the agency uses “roughly 1,000 rounds more per person” than the U.S. Army.
According to Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the DHS uses 1,300 and 1,600 rounds per officer, while the Army only uses 350 rounds per soldier.
The Government Accountability Office has also started an investigation that’s “just getting under way.”
Many have also theorized that the DHS is attempting to bring about a form of unofficial gun control by purchasing the bulk of ammunition before it can make its way to the civilian market, as contracts with ammo manufactures stipulate that ammo be delivered to government before the civilian market. According to a man named Thomas, who called into conservative talk show host Michael Savage’s show in March, this is exactly what the DHS is doing.
The DHS has further caused fears that it’s getting ready to fight Americans due to its constant labeling of conservatives, libertarians, gun owners and people who don’t trust the federal government, among other things, as potential terrorists and “domestic extremists.”
The agency has released various documents over the last few years with these lists, and a DHS training video that was leaked last week portrays a fake news broadcast showing police arresting “extremist” white American “militia members” for possession of illegal guns and planning terrorist attacks.
The DHS has also purchased 7,000 fully automatic assault rifles, nearly 3,000 MRAP vehicles designed to withstand mine blasts and $2 million worth of paper targets depicting Americans, including a pregnant woman and children.