Big ammo buy just a way to save, government says
WASHINGTON — Online rumors about a big government munitions purchase are true, sort of.
The Homeland Security Department wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years. It says it needs them for law enforcement agents in training and on duty.
Published federal notices about the buy have agitated conspiracy theorists since the fall. That's when conservative radio host Alex Jones spoke of an “arms race against the American people” and said the government was “gearing up for total collapse, they're gearing up for huge wars.”
The government's explanation is much less sinister.
“Strategic sourcing contracts” help the government get a low price for a big purchase, says Peggy Dixon, spokeswoman for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Ky. clerk defies courts on gay marriage
- CIA joins special ops in secret terrorist hunt in Syria
- Defense Secretary Carter was closing Guantanamo prison being considered, ceding base to Cuba isn’t
- Kentucky clerk invokes ‘God’s authority,’ still refuses gay marriage licenses
- Postal Service falls short of slower mail delivery standards
- Thousands in New Orleans became targets of unscrupulous contractors
- 13 states spared EPA regulation of waterways
- Quarter-million without power as Pacific Northwest jolted by wind
- Clinton: Women ‘expect’ extremism from terrorists, not GOP candidates
- Obama marks Hurricane Katrina anniversary in New Orleans visit
- Gas boom brings successes, struggles to W.Va. communities