It must be frustrating to Obama that the most anti-gun administration in American history has actually prompted gun and ammo sales of historical magnitude. Americans in record numbers are buying guns and ammunition. This speaks volumes about the tension and level of distrust the American people have for this President.
ON the flip side, the government is making its own sizable purchase of hollow point ammunition which is contributing to the concerns of Americans over what this government is up to. This is not a purchase for our military.
The 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. [..
The hollow point, features a pitted or hollow tip intended to expand upon entering its target. Hollow points are not used for target ammo.
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.
So is this a calculated move by the government to curb ammunition availability to civilians or is there something else going on here? You decide. As for me, I am going to head to the store and buy some more hollow points… for target practice, of course. ( wink, wink)