The Department of Homeland Security recently ordered an additional 21 million rounds of handgun ammo on top of the 1.6 billion rounds it has already ordered. To put this into perspective, the military at the peak of the Iraq war used about 5.5 million rounds per month. The DHS stockpile is equivalent to 24 years of the Iraq war.
It’s not just the DHS that is buying ammo. Other federal agencies include the Social Security Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Internal Revenue Service, and the National Marine Fisheries Service. The US Forest Service recently purchased 320,000 rounds of ammo and the US Fish and Wildlife Service another 13,500 rounds.
For an administration that doesn’t like guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens, it sure likes having lots of ammo in its own hands.
Some people take this as a sign that the Feds are preparing for an armed uprising. Others suspect that they are buying up ammo to leave less available for individuals to buy.
One Congressman’s explanation is that the ammo is used for training purposes, as evidenced by the paper targets that are ordered along with the ammo. A scenario has officers shooting 100 rounds a month in training, and says the ammo orders cover a five-year period. If accurate, then even a small agency such as the Fish and Wildlife Service might employ just two armed officers to use the ammo they ordered.