GOP Lawmakers Want DHS Ammo Hoarding To Stop


Questions were raised last week about the Department of Homeland Security’s true reasons for making the massive ammunition purchases that have grabbed headlines in recent months as lawmakers questioned agency officials about the bullet buys.

“It is entirely… inexplicable why the Department of Homeland Security needs so much ammunition,” Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said during a hearing.

While some Democratic lawmakers defended DHS officials who said that the department had made orders for a slightly higher amount of ammunition than usual, Chaffetz was joined by Republicans in disagreement.

He pointed out that DHS currently has more than 260 million rounds stockpiled. According to the lawmaker, the agency bought in excess of 103 million rounds in 2012 and reported using 116 million rounds over the year among its roughly 70,000 agents. Those numbers mean that DHS allocated 1,300 to 1,600 rounds per officer, dwarfing the U.S. Army’s average of roughly 350 rounds per soldier.

Representative Darrel Issa (R-Calif.) posited that ammo bought by DHS is being stockpiled, “disposed of,” passed to other agencies, or shot “indiscriminately.” Other lawmakers have taken similar views, questioning whether the agency is expecting widespread civil unrest or is simply buying ammo to limit access to civilian purchasers.

DHS officials attacked conservative online media, namely Drudge Report, for making issue of purchases that represent “about 1 percent of the total number of rounds manufactured in the U.S.” each year. The agency denies reports that it plans to buy up to 1.6 billion rounds over five years, saying the number is closer to 750 million.

Resultant of the hearings was the introduction of the Ammunition Management for More Obtainability (AMMO) Act of 2012 by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Representative Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) in their respective chambers.

The lawmakers believe that DHS’s ammo purchase plans are directly related to President Barack Obama’s gun-control agenda.

“President Obama has been adamant about curbing law-abiding Americans’ access and opportunities to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” said Inhofe. “One way the Obama Administration is able to do this is by limiting what’s available in the market with Federal agencies purchasing unnecessary stockpiles of ammunition. As the public learned in a House committee hearing this week, the Department of Homeland Security has two years’ worth of ammo on hand and allots nearly 1,000 more rounds of ammunition for DHS officers than is used on average by our Army officers. The AMMO Act of 2013 will enforce transparency and accountability of federal agencies’ ammunition supply while also protecting law-abiding citizens’ access to these resources.”

The proposed legislation would restrict agencies from obtaining more ammunition for a six-month period when agency stockpiles reach monthly averages higher than they were prior to the Obama Administration.

“I was surprised to find out the DHS has the right to buy up to 750 million rounds of ammunition over the next five years, while it already has two years’ worth of ammo already. This is an issue that must be addressed, and I am pleased this legislation provides us the opportunity to do so.” said Lucas.

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  • Dirty Daug

    Maybe these rounds were stockpiled and then maybe not. Were these rounds sent to the Middle East as part of an arms deal that Obama has going on with his Muslim friends. I’ll bet wherever they supposedly are being stockpiled, there are less than what they say.

    • podunk1

      Hadn’t thought of that one – I’ll bet you hit the nail on the head!!! Congress needs to subpoena ammo makers production and shipping records & from there any warehousing inventories, shipping, etc,, etc.
      Also audit any range activity, names, etc

  • terry

    What ever is happening it’s against the citizens of our country.

  • Dragon 1

    For anyone out there has has a weapon ( law abiding citizen ) if your looking for ammo for your home defence there just isn’t any to be had as the DHS has taken almost all the ammo. Obamma is having them stock pile it so that when he gives the order for DHS & NATO troops to take our guns away we won’t be able to fight back or at least on a limited basis only. As soon as the commander and lier & theif declares martial law, we will be under attack. He will possibly give orders like – if the citizens don’t hand over their weapons shoot them and take them anyway. They will break into your home in the dead of nite and do what they are ordered to do. We all need to write our congressmen and demand that this crap stops before Obamma has a chance to take over this country and we become just like all those middle east countries, there will be a dictator in charge of America and our lives. Obamma really hates America and what it stands for !!!! Don’t be fooled by his lies !!

    • Doc Sarvis

      That’s a nice shiny tin foil hat you have there. Talk about paranoia.

      • podunk1

        There’s a thing called truth that’s now banned in DC. It’s right along side of refusal to uphold oath of office, the Constitution, and law! Better listen to the dragon.. sharks eat little fish.

      • Trav

        Paranoia? Thats better than living in denial…open your eyes..

      • Jim

        Paranoia is it? My dad always told me to look at what people do as the sole means of judging them since most people can paint a pretty good picture with their words but cannot follow what they preach. From what I have seen in the last 5 years I can honestly say with the highest conviction that Obama and his minions are out to destroy the United States Constitution and the very basis of the American Way of Life.

        Most of the “information” that comes from the Obama administration is nothing but propaganda and lies that contradicts research conducted by agencies within the government as well as other sources. Everything this administration has done has made it harder for citizens to remain viable and productive within our nation. Obama’s Executive Orders have made it impossible for most productive, law-abiding citizens to remain off of of the “possible terrorist” lists . . . having more than 2 weeks worth of provisions, being active in organizations such as a local church or the NRA, or stating any opinion against the “truth” as expounded by Obama leaves law-abiding citizens liable to being listed, threatened, or persecuted.

        Obama is out to rid Americans of their Constitutional rights especially free speech, firearms ownership, and freedom from illegal search and seizure.

        Paranoia??? History shows that Stalin did it to the Soviet Union, Hitler did it to the Jews, and even the U.S government did it to Native Americans and Japanese citizens during WWII. Collecting all the ammo, trying to get gun ownership registration and in-depth background checks makes it easier for the government to collect all of us conservative law-abiding citizens together in detention camps and work us to death. A well armed militia is the check and balance on an over-powering tyrannical government

      • Dragon 1

        Well Doc when they come late at nite kick down your door and order you to surrender your weapons or food or all your money. They might just break in and kill everyone in the house, then take what ever they want. How would you like that?

  • Timothy Thompson

    It is really scary to go around gun shops trying to locate ammo for your 44 magnum, 357 magnum and even 22 long Rifle rounds. The slimy Obama administration along with his DOH buying ammuition of outlandish praportions is madening to say the least. They can’t take our guns away yet, but without bullets your gun is useless. He should be impeached.


      I can’t find 25ACP ammo anywhere. You know they don’t use that kind of ammo

    • Doc Sarvis

      President Obama is NOT taking you guns and he is not preventing you from buying ammo. IF there is a shortage it will not stay a shortage very long. Law of supply and demand.

  • retirednavy

    This problem didn’t exist untill the Demo’s decided tha the average American citizen was unable to manage their own afairs, big government could do better. To enforce their control. Obama through DHS decide to have gun control by not having amunition available to patriotic Americans. NO AMMO NO SELF PROTETION and no threat to his administration. Socialism operates in many ways to gain control of the people. My Oklahoma legislators have finally come alive.

    • podunk1

      Unfortunately we have two obedient RINOS – vote for every spending bill.

  • Robert Myles

    The DHS isn’t just buying 5.56/.223 or .40 they are buying every kind of ammo so that there is literally none available to the People. The estimates and order amounts have actually reached beyond 1.2 billion which is more than enough for a five yr. war against what ammo we have left as Citizens. Obama want’s subject’s to rule not citizen’s. There is already in place orders for the un to send in troops to help our army quell civil unrest. I am not going to lay it out for you as they are monitoring everything I type speak and where I go. Yes I am paranoid, but that’s because I know they are out to get me and the rest of you as well

    • Trav

      Not every kind of ammo, mostly ammo for semi automatics…at least thats how it is where I am.

  • bj

    I have a theory that the government has written purchase orders that cannot be fulfilled unless the ammo companies are making only what the orders request…. so that they are not making any .22lr, .25 acp, etc… simply because they have to fill the orders on time to get their purchase orders paid in a timely manner.
    So that would mean that they are only making ammo for the government, and not for us… the private sector.

    No doubt somebody is making a LOT of money off of this… I expect scrap brass prices to go up soon if they haven’t already… so now crooks will come into our homes to steal our lamps and we won’t be able to defend ourselves unless we change to bows and knives…. baseball bats, etc.

    • Trav

      Well, the good thing is that you can still get all the 12 Ga. ammo that you want, that should take care of any intruder. I have actually been thinking about stockpiling up on those since you cant get anything else for semi auto…who knows, maybe shotgun shells are next to go.

      • Vash the Stampede

        I looked all around where I live and could not find 3 1/2 magnum 00 buckshot for 12 gauge or slugs. Other shotgun ammo was also in short supply. The local Wal-Mart had 5 boxes total of assorted ammo. Academy and Gander Mountain also had a big lack of ammo.

        • Trav

          Wow, the Walmart in Hermitage Pa. has a whole hoard of 12 Ga. slugs but have noticed the buckshot disappeared. But they have had a lot of 380 the past few times and the last time they had probably 50 boxes of 9mm that wasnt sold out for once. They have also upped the limit to 9 or 10 boxes instead of the 3 box limit, so things might be looking better…here anyways. Walmart in New Castle Pa. actually had 1 box of 357 50 count target load for $32. Was surprised to see that…

  • hueychief

    Wake Up!