House votes to block DHS from bulk ammunition purchase

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The House late Wednesday moved to prevent the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from entering into new contracts to buy millions of rounds of ammunition until DHS explains why it needs the ammo.

An amendment to the DHS spending bill for 2014 was proposed by Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.) that requires DHS to provide the information to Congress before it can pursue plans to buy 1.1 billion rounds of ammunition, according to The Hill.

“Given this large purchase, the American people and members of Congress rightfully had concerns and questions,” Meadows said. “This is a responsible amendment which ensures that Congress and the American people are aware of the necessity and the cost of ammunition prior to entering into new contracts for procurement.”

The amendment easily passed in a 234-192 vote.

One member who did not support the amendment was fellow Republican Rep. John Carter (Texas), who said the amendment was unnecessary and that the department is pursuing a bulk purchase to keep the costs down, as noted by The Hill.

Carter also rejected the concern many Americans have about ammunition shortages around the country being the result of DHS purchases, and said the Meadows language would interrupt the regular procurement process at DHS.

Gun sales have been at record levels and gun shops across the country report serious ammunition shortages as Americans continue to stock up on whatever they can get their hands on, CNS News recently reported.


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