TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Big ammo buy just a way to save, government says

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 9:09 p.m.
 

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.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Lion cubs jump hurdles in Gaza Strip in journey to Jordan sanctuary
  2. Northwest wildfire season begins early
  3. Ohio got DEA approval to import lethal-injection drugs
  4. Lawsuit in deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona yields little cash
  5. Hiring freeze, budget cuts put West Virginia on better footing
  6. Diebold, heirs of Prohibition agent Ness squabble over stock find
  7. Suspect in San Francisco pier shooting was deported 5 times, federal authorities say
  8. Solar-powered plane crosses Pacific Ocean
  9. Record-breaking solar-powered plane lands in Hawaii after flight from Japan
  10. Santorum charter flight tab broke $400K
  11. Smoke clears at CSX derailment site in Tennessee