Why Is Homeland Security Buying 450 Million Rounds of Hollow Point Bullets?

From The Blaze, by Tiffany Gabbay, March 30, 2012- Department of Homeland Security Purchases 450 Million Hollow Point Bullets From ATKThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has awarded defense contractor ATK with an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) agreement for .40 caliber hollow point ammunition. According to an official ATK press release, U.S. agents will receive a maximum of 450 million rounds over a five-year period.

The following is an excerpt from the press release:

ATK announced that it is being awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) agreement from the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS, ICE) for .40 caliber ammunition. This contract features a base of 12 months, includes four option years, and will have a maximum volume of 450 million rounds.

ATK was the incumbent and won the contract with its HST bullet, which has proven itself in the field. […]

“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 hollow point, of course, features a pitted or hollow tip intended to expand upon entering its target. ATK says its ammunition is “engineered for 100-percent weight retention, limits collateral damage, and avoids over-penetration” — all hallmarks of the hollow point.

This is not the first time DHS has placed such an order, however. In 2009, it signed a contract with Winchester for the procurement of 200 million hollow points.

The order may seem unusually high, but gun experts I talked to said it is not necessarily unusual and simply reflects a long-running practice by DHS and law enforcement agencies to use any remaining budget surplus on items routinely used and that would not be called into question. The idea being that if an agency does not use its entire budget in expenditures, the government will lower its budget the following year.

On the other hand, the decreased retail availability for hollow points does drive up demand, and hence price for such ammunition. Whether the consequence is an intended one, remains to be seen.

So is this a calculated move by the government to curb ammunition availability to civilians or is it simply another way for it to spend money? Weigh in with your thoughts below.

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  1. Ever since the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 usurped Congress’ constitutional authority to control our money supply…ever since the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution changed our form of government from a “republic” to a “democracy”…ever since the National Security Act of 1947 started the now decades-long move from a democracy to a federal police state…ever since the coup d’etat in Dallas, TX in November 1963 by the same military-industrial-complex that Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about…ever since the secret REX84 plans and FEMA camps were unveiled during the Iran-Contra hearings…ever since the treason within of 9-11 occurred and the Patriot(sic) Act with its handwritten search warrants was pulled off the shelf and passed by Congress without even reading its freedom-stealing verbiage…ever since the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which authorized the arrest and indefinite detention of Amerikan citizens anywhere in the world by the U.S. Military was signed into law by the illegal alien squatter at 1600 Pennsylvania Blvd…(please view the preceding as a brief summary and certainly not comprehensive in nature)…the actions of the corporate federal government in D.C. figuratively replicate the methodical placing of pieces of a grand puzzle that viewed individually results in confusion by the masses…but, viewed in context, leaves no doubt what the ultimate conclusion is – that the Big-Government-loving, Fascist Neo-Cons and their Socialist brethren are preparing for something that they haven’t yet revealed to the lowly lumpen-serf worker bees.

    If we’re collectively waiting for the last piece of the grand puzzle to be put into place, it will be too late to alter a process that has been gaining momentum for decades. If the passive sheeple could pause momentarily from grazing on their FDA-blessed GMO foods and flouride-laced water and only open their eyes, they could see the uncomfortable answer to the unnecessary question, “Why?”

    “If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”
    – Samuel Adams

    1. Senator-Blutarksy

      Brubaker – here is a link to a short muse by Karl Denninger at Market Ticker that raises some questions

      The Market Ticker ® – Commentary on The Capital Markets –

      Our government is a pack of fools.

      They, like the Greeks, had the opportunity to take banksters and arrest them for their crimes, giving them a fair and public trial and then imprisoning them.

      Instead they fell into league with them, engaging in hinky derivative deals and other scams, effectively being their co-conspirators.


      “Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.”
      – Friedrich Nietzsche

      “Crime, once exposed, has no refuge but in audacity.”
      Tacitus, Annals

      “They have plundered the world, stripping naked the land in their hunger… they are driven by greed, if their enemy be rich; by ambition, if poor… They ravage, they slaughter, they seize by false pretenses, and all of this they hail as the construction of empire. And when in their wake nothing remains but a desert, they call that peace.”
      – Tacitus, The Agricola and the Germania

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