May 16, 2014
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the last federal agency that we might expect to be stocking up on machine guns, ammunition and high capacity magazines. But that is exactly what they have been doing. In a solicitation which was posted on the website for the United States Federal Business Opportunities website back on May 7.
The Agriculture Department had requested an undisclosed number of submachine guns, without explanation for their use. The same request explained a call for tritium-fueled, incandescent “night sights” for aiming weapons in low light settings, as well as magazines with a 30-round capacity.
What exactly do they want all of this for? The solicitation reads as follows:
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, located in Washington, DC, pursuant to the authority of FAR Part 13, has a requirement for the commerical [sic] acquisition of submachine guns, .40 Cal. S&W, ambidextrous safety, semi-automatic or 2 shot burts [sic] trigger group, Tritium night sights for front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore grip) and scope (top rear), stock-collapsilbe [sic] or folding, magazine – 30 rd. capacity, sling, light weight, and oversized trigger guard for gloved operation.”
What exactly does the USDA think they need multiple submachine guns, night sights, and high capacity magazines for? The solicitation does not go into much detail at all regarding the purpose for the request.
Over the past two year there has been concern recently over government agencies like the Department for Homeland Security, which purchase orders have indicated have bought extreme “bulk” purchases of ammunition. Now the USDA too? What’s going on?