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Department of Homeland Security To Buy 360,000 More Rounds of Hollow Point Ammunition

March 25th, 2013

department of homeland security dhsPaul Joseph Watson: While the Department of Homeland Security continues to ignore members of Congress demanding to know why the federal agency is engaged in an apparent arms build-up, the DHS has just announced it plans to purchase another 360,000 rounds of hollow point ammunition to add to the roughly 2 billion bullets already bought over the past year.

The DHS has now purchased over 2 billion rounds of ammo.

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A solicitation on the Federal Business Opportunities website details the DHS’ plan to purchase 360,000 rounds of “Commercial leaded training ammo (CLTA) Pistol .40 caliber 165 grain, jacketed hollow point.” The bullets are to be delivered to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico, the same destination for 240,000 hollow point rounds which were only purchased last month.

Although the DHS has attempted to explain its mammoth purchase of ammunition by claiming the bullets are being acquired in bulk to save money and that they are for training purposes only, this has been disputed by reputable voices such as former Marine Richard Mason, who told reporters with WHPTV News in Pennsylvania earlier this month, “We never trained with hollow points, we didn’t even see hollow points my entire four and a half years in the Marine Corps.”

Hollow point bullets are more expensive than regular firing range bullets, therefore the DHS’ explanation that it is buying huge quantities in bulk to “save money” doesn’t make sense.

As we reported yesterday, concerns about the apparent arms build-up are growing, with retired United States Army Captain Terry M. Hestilow sending a letter to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) warning that the ammo purchases represent “a bold threat of war by that agency (DHS), and the Obama administration, against the citizens of the United States of America.”

Questions from members of Congress about why the federal agency is buying up ammo, exacerbating shortages across the country, have been met with silence.

- Kansas Congressman Timothy Huelscamp said last week that threats should be made to withdraw funding from the DHS if it didn’t explain why it was purchasing so many bullets, remarking, “They have no answer for that question. They refuse to answer to answer that.”

Earlier this month, New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance said, “Congress has a responsibility to ask Secretary Napolitano as to exactly why these purchases have occurred,” signaling his intention to get answers.

- Californian Congressman Doug LaMalfa and 14 of his House colleagues have written a letter to the Department of Homeland Security asking if the purchases are, “being conducted in a manner that strategically denies the American people access to ammunition.”

Although members of Congress are treating the matter with the seriousness it deserves, the mainstream and leftist media have attempted toridicule the entire issue as a conspiracy theory, with Atlantic Wire even suggesting that the story had its origins in a debunked email, a report that completely failed to even mention the admitted fact that the DHS had purchased around 2 billion bullets.

While the DHS continues to purchase bullets in large quantities, police departments have been forced to barter amongst each other in a desperate scramble to meet their ammo needs.


Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Infowars.com and Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a host for Infowars Nightly News.

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  1. Peter T
    March 27th, 2013 at 16:02 | #1

    And if anyone would just do 10 seconds of web surfing you would realize how many different law enforcement agencies train at the Federal law enforcement training center…. border patrol (part of DHS), Federal Protective Service (part of DHS), Secret Service (part of DHS), immigration and customs enforcement (part of DHS), plus many state and local agencies. Hmm, weird that the ammo shortage started after newtown when everyone FREAKED OUT and individuals began stockpiling…

  2. Peter T
    March 27th, 2013 at 15:59 | #2

    No one seems to understand that the military doesn’t use hollow point because they are PROHIBITED from using hollow point. U.S. military are forbidden to use it – all services. There is no comparison with law enforcement, who MUST use hollow point for increased safety in enclosed and urban areas.

  3. Jim
    March 25th, 2013 at 23:17 | #3

    Wow, I try to supply my pro-gun 2A supporting friends with a little proper intel and this is the thanks I get…

  4. Nunya
    March 25th, 2013 at 15:06 | #4

    And you sir, are a fucking moron.

  5. Lyn East
    March 25th, 2013 at 12:58 | #5

    hollow points are for killing.full metal jacket is for training.napolitano has given lame flimsy excuse previously and now refuses to answer at all.Tells you all you need to knowIf some of their purchases were fr law enforcement than why is their shortages among police departments?why is the ammo going to storage and not delivered to law enforcement agencies?the average lay person does not grasp the scope of 2 billion rounds of ammo.Its enogh to wage war for 24 years.there is a deliberate attempt to dry up civilian supply among other purposes

  6. Jim
    March 25th, 2013 at 12:06 | #6

    There is actually a good purpose for this ammunition. It is used in the training of commercial airline pilots and border patrol agents, and yes, hollow point ammo is what they use. While the larger 2 Billion round order is a concern, what goes to Artesia, NM is normal. Nothing to see here…

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