BREAKING: House Votes to Limit Future DHS Ammo Purchases
According to the Washington Times, The House of Representatives voted late Wednesday to limit the amount of ammo that can be purchased by the Department of Homeland Security using taxpayer funds.
The DHS has been under fire for purchasing 750 million rounds of ammunition (some reports have that number at 1.5 billion) over the next 5 years.
Under the House proposal the DHS would basically have to ask Congress for permission before making any ammo purchases with taxpayer funds.
In the request, the DHS would have to outline their prior ammo usage.
The measure passed 234-192, but will still have to be approved as an amendment to a larger DHS related bill, then the bill would have to be approved by the Senate and signed by the president before becoming law.
Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), was responsible for the bill.
Many believe that the DHS ammo buys are straining an already fragile ammo market, resulting in ammo shortages and inflated prices for private citizens.
Others, including retailers and ammo makers, say the shortage has been brought on by excessive “panic buying” by consumers and that the DHS buy accounts for only a small percentage of the several billions rounds sold in the last 8 months.