Non-Military Government Agencies Stockpiling Guns and Ammo

   10.20.17

Non-Military Government Agencies Stockpiling Guns and Ammo

While it is perfectly normal for the military and law enforcement to spend vast sums of money on firearms and related gear, why did non-military agencies spend $158 million on guns and ammo?

While politicians focus on laws to rein in civilian ownership of guns, maybe they should look at various government agencies?

Forbes has an article detailing what government agencies are stockpiling: Why Are Federal Bureaucrats Buying Guns And Ammo? $158 Million Spent By Non-Military Agencies.

[…] traditionally administrative agencies spent more than $20 million. Four notable examples:

1) Internal Revenue Service (IRS)….

2) Small Business Administration (SBA)….

3) Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)….

4) Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)….

The article goes on to say,

Buying Bullets in Bulk – […] The Social Security Administration spent $61,129 on bullets including 50,000 rounds of ammunition plus 12-gauge buckshot and slug ammo.

While 50,000 rounds may seem impressive, it is not that much ammunition for an agency. It would not be uncommon for an individual to use 500 to 1,000 rounds at the range on a single day.

For example, let’s say over the course of a year 100 agents took a weekend training class. Each agent shoots 500 rounds during the class. That equals out to 50,000 rounds spent training just 100 people.

Parts of the article are a non-issue, such as law enforcement buying hollowpoints. The author states hollowpoints are prohibited by the Geneva Convention, which is incorrect. Hollow point bullets were partially banned by the Hague Conventions. Even then, the Hague Conventions does not apply to law enforcement.

Opinion

Gun-grabbers like to talk about restricting civilian access to certain types of firearms. Maybe it is time those same people to start looking at how various government agencies are stockpiling firearms and ammunition?

This is exactly why we have the 2nd Amendment. The government is armed, the people are armed, and there is a balance of power.

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