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Homeland Security Ammo Stockpiling Continues: 84 Million More Rounds

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is still stockpiling [1] vast amounts of ammunition, although the pace apparently has slowed down a bit.

The department purchased [2] 84.4 million rounds of ammunition in 2013, down from a high of 132.9 million rounds of ammunition it bought in 2009, a Government Accounting Office (GAO) report found.

The purchases in recent years have led to a shortage of bullets nationwide, as well as concern by some citizens that the government is preparing for some sort of civil unrest.

Even though it is buying fewer bullets, Homeland Security [3] still maintains a huge stockpile of ammunition. The report noted that the department had 159 [4] million rounds of ammunition in its arsenal in October, 2013. That was enough to meet the needs of its 70,000 armed agents for 22 months.

“Specifically, the GAO looked at DHS’s history of ammunition purchases and found that purchases have declined considerably since 2009,” US Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma noted in a press release. Coburn has been highly critical of the stockpiling.

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DHS Ammunition by the Numbers

The GAO uncovered a few interesting statistics [6] about Homeland Security’s ammo purchases. These facts included:

This report contradicts a February 2013 Associated Press story that claimed the Department of Homeland Security was planning to buy 1.6 billion [8] rounds of ammunition over a series of five years.

It should be noted here that these numbers do not reflect all the ammunition [9] purchases by the US government or the number of armed law enforcement agents Uncle Sam has. These numbers also don’t include such agencies as the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, which maintain police forces but are under the Department of the Interior.

Nor do these numbers reflect the amount of ammunition purchased or stockpiled by the military. The Free Republic reported that the US military used 70 million [10] rounds of ammunition a year during the recent Iraq war.

Senator Coburn seems to be satisfied with Homeland Security’s response, although he’s still skeptical of the department and its future activities.

“I am pleased DHS has worked in good faith, and in a transparent manner, with both myself and the GAO,” Coburn stated in a press release.  “I will continue to conduct rigorous oversight of DHS programs and will specifically work with Congress and the GAO to examine how duplicative federal police forces cause excess and waste across the federal government.”

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Ammunition report [12]