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Bill by Oklahoma lawmakers would restrict federal ammunition purchases

Sen. Jim Inhofe and Rep. Frank Lucas, of Oklahoma, say federal government purchases are preventing people from buying ammunition.
by Chris Casteel Published: April 27, 2013

Two Oklahoma lawmakers introduced a bill Friday that would put new limits on ammunition purchases by most federal departments.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, and Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, said they were seeking to prevent the federal government from stockpiling ammunition. Their bill would prohibit federal departments, except for the Defense Department, from buying ammunition if their supplies exceed the monthly averages before President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

The legislation also requires a report from the Government Accountability Office on how government purchases of ammunition affect the supply available to the public.

Inhofe said Obama, who pursued gun-control legislation for the first time this year, “has been adamant about curbing law-abiding Americans' access and opportunities to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

“One way the Obama administration is able to do this is by limiting what's available in the market with federal agencies purchasing unnecessary stockpiles of ammunition.”

Inhofe said the bill would “enforce transparency and accountability of federal agencies' ammunition supply while also protecting law-abiding citizens' access to these resources.”

Lucas said he had heard from his constituents that there was a shortage of ammunition in Oklahoma. He said federal purchases should be curtailed “so Americans can exercise their Second Amendment rights without being encumbered by the federal government.”

“I was surprised to find out the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) has the right to buy up to 750 million rounds of ammunition over the next five years, while it already has two years worth of ammo already,” Lucas said.

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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