15 members of Congress sent a letter to the DHS requesting an answer as to why it was purchasing 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition.  Representative Tim Huelskamp, who we see in the above video, was perhaps one of the most vocal on the subject, but noted the desire of other members also to get a response to the question.

“They have no answer for that question. They refuse to answer to answer that,” Huelskamp said.

His office told US News Whispers that he had sent a letter to DHS with his concerns but had not heard back:

In the letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, Huelskamp wrote that it had “become clear” that DHS was “purchasing vast quantities of ammunition” and that “estimates show that this … would be enough for 24 Iraq wars.”

The Kansas congressman also said the timing of the purchase was “of great interest” because of gun control legislation currently being pushed by the Obama administration.

“The extraordinary level of ammunition purchases made by Homeland Security seems to have, in states such as my own, created an extreme shortage of ammunition to the point where many gun owners are unable to purchase any,” he wrote.

DHS finally responded officially late yesterday, basically saying “we’re just buying in bulk” and we’re not actually buying all those bullets, because the contracts for purchasing just say we might purchase “up to” that amount.

According to USA News Whispers:

DHS told Whispers it regularly fills all of its goods and services requirements at one time because it’s cheaper for the agency, and that the 1.6 billion number was misleading because the language of DHS’s purchase said it would need “up to” a certain amount.

One solicitation by the agency—for training centers and law enforcement personnel—was for “up to” 750 million rounds of training ammunition over the next five years, DHS spokesman Peter Boogaard told Whispers.

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