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GAO Now Investigating Large Ammo Purchases by DHS
A box of .45 cal. ammunition is offered for sale at Freddie Bear Sports on October 18, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois. (Credit: Getty Images)

GAO Now Investigating Large Ammo Purchases by DHS

Probe "is just getting underway."

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The Government Accountability Office is now investigating the large ammunition purchases made by the Department of Homeland Security, Washington Whispers reports.

The investigation "is just getting underway," according to GAO spokesman Chuck Young.

GOP lawmakers on Friday introduced legislation intended to limit the amount of ammunition federal agencies can purchase and stockpile.

The AMMO Act, which was introduced in both the House and Senate, would also require the GAO to share the findings of its report with members of Congress, a spokeswoman for Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told Whispers. Inhofe introduced the AMMO Act in the Senate.

"Officials at DHS have denied to both Whispers and lawmakers that it is stockpiling ammunition. The Associated Press reported in February that DHS wanted to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition, but DHS officials testified last week it was only planning to buy up to 750 million," Whispers' Elizabeth Flock reports.

DHS also reportedly has a two-year stockpile of ammo, or nearly 247 million rounds, in its inventory.


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