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USPS Seeks 1.5 Million Rounds
By Harold Hutchison
The United States Postal Service is seeking to purchase up to 1.5 million rounds of ammunition. The request is the last from agencies like the Social Security Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Ammo set out for a live-fire exercise. (Photo by USMC)
According to media reports and a federal government request for proposals, these are the latest in a series of ammo purchases, including a reported effort by the Department of Homeland Security to stockpile over 400,000,000 rounds of ammunition. The rumors have lead to a run on ammunition, cause prices to climb, and for some stores to limit how much ammunition an individual can buy.
Other agencies reportedly making ammo purchases include the Department of Agriculture and the State Department. The purchases have been looked into, with one Republican Congressman reportedly telling Gun Owners of America that the purchases do not appear to be unusual, particularly for the Department of Homeland Security. Some Second Amendment activists are not convinced, among
them Phillip Van Cleave of the Virginia Citizens Defense League.
"NOAA — really? They have a need? One just doesn't know why they're doing this," he told Newsmax.com. "The problem is, all
these agencies have their own SWAT teams, their own police departments, which is crazy. In theory, it was supposed to be the U.S. Marshals that was the armed branch for the federal government."

The shortage of ammunition may instead be a reflection of the upswing in firearms purchases since Barack Obama took office. Obama has come out in support of a number of anti-Second Amendment positions, and efforts to re-enact a ban on certain semi-automatic firearms have prompted purchases of those firearms.