Ammunition is in short supply. The demand has increased dramatically which takes its toll on the market. However, the Department of Homeland Security doesn't seem to be affected by the demand at all. In fact, it's got over $37 million of tax payer money to spend on brass and lead for fiscal year 2013 and it's soliciting again for nearly 90,000 round in various calibers. This is in addition to their own claims of having more than 260 million rounds of ammunition back in November 2012.
According to the solicitation (HSFLAR-13-Q-00019), DHS is ordering ammunition in .45 long Colts, .45 ACP, .22LR, 30-30, 12 gauge shotgun shells, 410 gauge shotgun shells, .357, and 7.69x39mm. That's quite a spread for DHS.
The solicitation lays out the quantities for each of the calibers ordered:
.45 Long Colt – 4,000 rounds
45 ACP – 20,000 rounds
22LR – 40,000 rounds
30-30 – 4,680 rounds
12 Gauge #8 birdshot – 20,000
410 Gauge #9 – 10,000
.357 Magnum – 6,000
7.69x39mm – 5,000
Granted, the number of ammunition is down considerably on this order, but it is going out to Artesia, New Mexico, the same as the last order of 360,000 .40 caliber hollow points. The previous month that particular training center got 240,000 hollow points.
I previously took DHS' own claims about inventory comparing them with their previous three fiscal year's purchases and concluded that they are carrying over ammunition from year to year, though they claim they are not maintaining ammunition. All I can say is that the numbers don't add up to their claims.
It is widely known that Federal agencies do hide things in their budgets. We can all recall the Iran / Contra issue. We can remember various things hidden by Nixon, Johnson, and others. No doubt there is lots of things the public doesn't know about where their tax dollars go that if known, might actually lead to a march on Washington and a lynching on Capitol Hill. Those things are kept secret. Am I saying DHS is doing this? I'm not, but I am saying that they have "fuzzy math" and by having fuzzy math, they are proving themselves to be untrustworthy.
Again, these are small numbers of ammunition in the big scheme of things, but the fact that they continue to solicit, even when we were told their solicitations that were in the billions were to span over five years seems a bit contradictory. I've sent my findings from my previous article To Fox 19's Ben Swann in hopes that he will be able to dig further and help shine the light on what is actually taking place with DHS and ammunition. There should be nothing to hide here. After all the man that DHS ultimately reports to said, "The only people that don't want to disclose the truth, are people with something to hide."