While lawmakers in Washington and media personalities across the country have been telling Americans for months now that nobody needs an “assault weapon,” it turns out that the government disagrees. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security has requested the purchase of 7,000 “assault weapons,” all of which are AR-15 variants.
According to Jason Howerton of The Blaze,
“The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to acquire 7,000 5.56x45mm NATO ‘personal defense weapons’ (PDW) — also known as ‘assault weapons’ when owned by civilians. The solicitation, originally posted on June 7, 2012, comes to light as the Obama administration is calling for a ban on semi-automatic rifles and high capacity magazines.
Citing a General Service Administration (GSA) request for proposal (RFP), Steve McGough of RadioViceOnline.com reports that DHS is asking for the 7,000 ‘select-fire’ firearms because they are ‘suitable for personal defense use in close quarters.’ The term select-fire means the weapon can be both semi-automatic and automatic. Civilians are prohibited from obtaining these kinds of weapons.
The RFP describes the firearm as ‘Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) – 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.’ Additionally, DHS is asking for 30 round magazines that ‘have a capacity to hold thirty (30) 5.56x45mm NATO rounds.’”
This request comes months after the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requested the purchase of 4.5 million rounds of hollow-point bullets in March.
The supplier, ATK, explained in a 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.”
After giving no clear indication as to why the departments would need the ammunition, they finally claimed it would be for training purposes. However, hollow-point ammunition is more expensive than regular ammunition used for training and it is seldom, if ever, used for training purposes as it is an expanding round that is ideal for self-defense purposes.
Such purchases come at a time when lawmakers in government are discussing whether or not to ban weapons they deem to be “assault weapons,” while claiming that such weapons have no legitimate purpose, but are only used to inflict massive casualties.
However, resistance has mounted as sheriffs and state officials across the country have made it clear that they will not enforce any laws that violate the Second Amendment- which many gun rights activists claim is intended to maintain an armed populace as a check against governmental tyranny.