Is the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) planning a war on American citizens?
It’s a valid question, I suspect, in the wake of news that DHS has ordered 450 million rounds of .40 calibre handgun ammunition and has an open tender for 175 million rounds of .223, the ammunition used in the M-16 assault rifle.
That’s a LOT of bullets by anyone’s standards.
A press release was issued by defense contractor ATK (http://www.atk.com/) who cites itself as “an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations in 22 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally.”
"We are proud to extend our track record as the prime supplier of .40 caliber duty ammunition for DHS, ICE," said Ron Johnson, President of ATK's Security and Sporting group. "The HST is a proven design that will continue to serve those who keep our borders safe."
ATK plans to produce the ammunition at the Federal Cartridge Company’s facility in Anoka, Minnesota with deliveries beginning in June of this year.
There is no official word yet on how DHS plans on using this specially-designed hollow-point ammunition.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office is getting an "indefinite delivery" of an "indefinite quantity" of .40 caliber ammunition from defense contractor ATK.
U.S. agents will receive a maximum of 450 million rounds over five years, according to a press release on the deal.
The high performance HST bullets are designed for law enforcement and ATK says they offer "optimum penetration for terminal performance."
This refers to the the bullet's hollow-point tip that passes through barriers and expands for a bigger impact without the rest of the bullet getting warped out of shape: "this bullet holds its jacket in the toughest conditions."
We've also learned that the Department has an open bid for a stockpile of rifle ammo. Listed on the federal business opportunities network, they're looking for up to 175 million rounds of .223 caliber ammo to be exact. The .223 is almost exactly the same round used by NATO forces, the 5.56 x 45mm.
The deadline for earlier this month was extended because the right contractor just hadn't come along.
Looks like the Department of Homeland Security means business.