Tell Congress: Pass the AMMO Act, Stop DHS Stockpiling!

Congress must CURB the Department of Homeland Security's Excessive Ammunition Stockpile!

Congress must CURB the Department of Homeland Security’s Excessive Ammunition Stockpile!

On April 26, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Congressman Frank Lucas (R-OK-3) introduced the Ammunition Management for More Obtainability Act of 2013 – or, AMMO Act – in order to curb the Department of Homeland Security’s ongoing, excessive ammunition purchases.

Sen. Inhofe says, “President Obama has been adamant about curbing law-abiding Americans’ access and opportunities to exercise their Second Amendment rights. 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.” The Oklahoma Senator continues, “As the public learned in a House committee … 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.”

“After hearing from my constituents about the shortage of ammunition in Oklahoma and the Department of Homeland Security’s profligate purchases of ammunition,” said Rep. Lucas. “[Sen. Inhofe and I] have introduced the AMMO Act of 2013 to curtail these purchases so Americans can exercise their Second Amendment rights without being encumbered by the federal government. 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.”

As Lucas noted, it is an alarming fact that the Department of Homeland Security has a so-called “right” to buy nearly one billion rounds of ammunition over the next few years… while American gun owners are waiting in lines and prevented from buying more than a few hundred rounds of ammunition at many gun stores.

It is not in the DHS’ job description to purchase the majority of purchasable rounds of ammunition on the market and “dry up” the supply of ammunition, preventing Americans from exercising their individual rights to self-defense and own property of their choosing.  

It’s time for Congress to take action and pass the AMMO Act to prevent the DHS’ extravagant bullet purchases!

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