Inhofe: DHS Buying Ammo to Dry Up Supply: AMMO Bill S.843

As many of us have reported on the incredible buy-ups of ammo by the Department of Homeland Security, and questioned the motives, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) also has come to the conclusion that the DHS is trying to dry up the supply available to gun owners. We are beginning, finally, to see members of the Senate and House get tougher on the multiple, unsavory motives driving the Obama administration.

Jim Inhofe

Jim Inhofe

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., says he believes open purchase orders from the Department of Homeland Security to buy over 1 billion rounds of ammunition are part of an “intentional” effort by the Obama administration to “dry up the market” for gun-owning citizens.

“We have in this country the Second Amendment that preserves the right to keep and bear arms,” Inhofe told radio host Aaron Klein, “and the president doesn’t believe in that.”

Inhofe was a guest on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York City’s WABC station, talking about his Ammunition Management for More Obtainability – or AMMO – bill, which is designed to limit non-defense, armed federal agencies to pre-Obama levels of ammunition. The bill, S.843, has been referred to Senate committee, while a similar bill sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., has been referred to House committee.

“President Obama has been doing everything he could to stop the private ownership of guns in America,” Inhofe asserted. “Yet he’s been voted down in a big way by a large majority, and so my feeling is that he’s doing this to buy up [ammunition] so honest, law-abiding citizens here in the United States, like my son, can’t even buy ammunition because government is purchasing so much.” Source: WND

AMMO (Ammunition Management for More Obtainability Act of 2013) was introduced on April 25, 2013 and has been referred to the Senate Homeland security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Snippets of S.843:

To limit the amount of ammunition purchased or possessed by certain Federal agencies for a 6-month period.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


(a) Definitions- In this section–

(1) the term ‘agency’ has the meaning given that term in section 551 of title 5, United States Code;

(2) the term ‘ammunition’ has the meaning given that term in section 921 of title 18, United States Code; and

(3) the term ‘covered agency’–

(A) means an agency; and

(B) does not include the Department of Defense.

(b) Prohibition- During the 6-month period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, a covered agency may not purchase during any month or possess, at any one time, more rounds of ammunition than the monthly average of the number of rounds of ammunition purchased by the covered agency during the period beginning on January 1, 2001 and ending on December 31, 2009.

(c) GAO Report- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to Congress a report regarding the purchasing of ammunition by agencies, which shall include an assessment of the effect of the purchasing of ammunition by agencies on the supply of ammunition available to the public.

On April 26, 2013, Congressman Frank Lucas (R-OK) has introduced a bill with the same title in the House, H.R. 1764. The bill is in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Senator Lucas’ bill has 5 co-sponsors:

Rep. Morgan H. Griffith (R-VA-9th)

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-1st)

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2nd)

Rep. Richard B. Nugent (R-FL-11th)

Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL-8th)

At this time I see no co-sponsors for S.843. If the administration cannot grab our guns, they can and are grabbing our ammo.

Related and Background:

Government Ammo BuyUps – 1.6 BILLION Bullets: Why Hollow Points for Practice? They Cost Twice as Much

Government Bought 2 BILLION rounds of Ammo in 10 Months: Homeland Security Armed for 24 Years at War Level

Firearms Manufacturers Refuse to Sell to Government: How Citizens Defend Second Amendment

What Happened When Guns Were Banned in Australia?

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