DOJ to Release Federal Weapon Count for First Time in 6 Years
by AWR Hawkins 26 May 2014, 11:52 AM PDT
For the first time in six years, the Justice Department is taking inventory of the guns owned by the various federal agencies and will report that number, as well as the number of agents who "carry guns and have the authority to make arrests."
According to The Hill, this move is in response to "conservative and libertarian complaints about an excessively gun-happy government."
This announcement comes less than two weeks after a Breitbart News report about the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) order of submachine guns with 30-round magazines.
Breitbart News also reported that the USDA ordered "ballistic vests" consisting of "body armor [that] is gender specific, lightweight, [having] trauma plate (hard or soft), [and] a concealable carrier."
These orders are on top of requests for 46,000 rounds of "mostly hollow-point" ammunition by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in August 2012, of a 320,000 round request by the USDA in 2013, and a U.S. Postal Service solicitation for "assorted small arms ammunition" earlier this year.
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