While the second amendment is under assault from gun control legislation across the country, the Department of Homeland Security is gearing up to use some of the roughly 2 billion rounds of ammunition it has purchased over the last year, by leasing a $10 million dollar firearms facility in Boston.
“The Department of Homeland Security, Office of Procurement Operations, Federal Protective Service Acquisition Division, East Consolidated Contracting Group has a requirement for a firearms facility within 25-miles of the Boston, Massachusetts area for use by the Federal Protective Service, Region 1 (New England),” states a solicitation posted on FedBizOpps.
The proposed contract will consist of a 12 month initial base period followed by two 12 month renewal options and further 6 month option, a total of 3 and a half years. The cost of leasing the facility is listed as $10 million dollars.
Further details about the firearms facility are unavailable because the documents for the solicitation are listed as “sensitive/secure” and only authorized companies are allowed to view the attached PDF file.
As the DHS attracts increased media attention over its acquisition of massive amounts of ammunition, the agency is becoming increasingly less transparent and preventing the public from seeing details of its purchase activity.
As we reported last year, in some solicitations the agency has redacted information pertaining to the amount of bullets purchased by blacking out figures in PDF files.
Whether the facility in Boston will be used for target practice, the storage of firearms and ammunition or both is unknown, but it is sure to provoke more questions about why Homeland Security appears to be gearing up for domestic disorder as it rapidly expands while the American people are having their right to bear arms eviscerated.
The DHS has committed to purchasing roughly 2 billion rounds of ammunition over the course of the last year, enough to fight a near 30 year war given that U.S. troops at the height of combat operations in Iraq only expended around 5.5 million bullets a month.
Last September, the DHS also purchased no less than 7,000 fully automatic assault rifles, labeling them “Personal Defense Weapons.”
Whether or not the DHS will purchase more shooting targets for use in its new Boston facility from Law Enforcement Targets Inc. remains to be seen. The company, which previously received $2 million dollars in contracts from the DHS, was forced to apologize last week after producing “no hesitation” threat targets of pregnant women, children and elderly gun owners in residential settings.