Department of Agriculture Seeking to Purchase Submachine Guns
The militarization of the many bureaus of federal regulators should be a concern to all Americans. From the Social Security Administration to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the Department of Homeland Security, and others, there is a disturbing trend for federal agencies which have historically not been armed, to now acquire: ammunition and/or weaponry. The latest agency to follow this trend is the Department of Agriculture, which is: reportedly seeking to purchase submachine guns.
A May 7th solicitation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeks “the commercial acquisition of submachine guns [in] .40 Cal. S&W.”
According to the solicitation, the Dept. of Agriculture wants the guns to have an “ambidextrous safety, semiautomatic or 2 round [bursts] trigger group, Tritium night sights front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore group) and scope (top rear), stock collapsible or folding,” and a “30 rd. capacity” magazine.
The timing of this request is peculiar, considering it is taking place: in the wake of the highly publicized standoff between: Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and: the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). :
“It seems that the USDA, which oversees America’s vast tracks of forested land, may be preparing itself in the event some cowboys want their heads of cattle to munch government-owned grass,” the website stated.
Bundy gained national attention in April during an: armed standoff: in Nevada over cattle grazing rights.:
Below is a screenshot of the official solicitation from the U.S.D.A. (Click to expand)
If there is a legitimate need, the American people deserve an explanation. Until then, Congress should request a list of all agencies that have been armed, what they are armed with and how much ammunition they have.
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