After purchasing 2 billion rounds of mostly hollow point ammunition, 7,000 fully automatic assault rifles, paper targets of typical Americans and more than 2,700 MRAP vehicles capable of withstanding explosions from improvised explosive devices, the Department of Homeland Security is again conducting a large firearms-related purchase.
The new contract, a synopsis of which was posted online Monday on FedBizOpps.gov, is with Virginia-based firearms company Heckler & Koch, requesting a five year deal for firearms replacement parts at a price of $900,000 paid per year for a total of $4.5 million. The parts are intended for the Federal Protective Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection, along with other agencies under the scope of the DHS.
Like previous solicitations, Monday’s contract contains blacked out information, though this time it looks to have been done improperly, as the sections pertaining to the number of parts the DHS is seeking to purchase and the amount to be paid are still visible.
Last week, it was revealed that the DHS had blacked out information on a solicitation with firearms company Remington for a $1.5 million no-bid contract that was also for firearms replacement parts.
Blacking out information on a government document is illegal without permission from Congress or in response to a national security issue. Because of this secrecy, people are becoming suspicious of the department’s reasons for stockpiling guns and ammo. The unusually large amount of rounds, coupled with the rounds being hollow points that aren’t typically used for training, has caused many to believe that the DHS is getting ready for a collapse of the U.S. economy and civil unrest.