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Obama administration hoarding ammunition

Published: May 5, 2013

Regarding “Inhofe-Lucas legislation targets federal ammunition purchases” (News, April 27): After months of gun owner frustration caused by an nationwide ammunition shortage, two members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation have come to the rescue. U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, and U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, introduced the Ammunition Management for More Obtainability (AMMO) Act of 2013, which would curtail the Obama administration's current practice of hoarding ammunition.

A run on ammo started after Barack Obama was re-elected and intensified after the Sandy Hook shootings. Such events are always a precursor to federal efforts to enact onerous gun restrictions on law-abiding gun owners. But it's gone beyond that as ammunition supplies for the most popular calibers have almost dried up over the past several months. Since the majority of Americans are against draconian laws meant to subvert the Second Amendment, Obama and his cohorts want to deny lawful gun owners the right to protect themselves by depriving them of ammunition.

The Department of Homeland Security, which allocates ammunition to other federal agencies, currently has two years of ammo on hand and has been authorized to buy 750 million rounds over the next five years, several times over what's been purchased in the past. Inhofe said the Obama administration is “limiting what's available in the market (due to) federal agencies buying unnecessary stockpiles of ammunition.” Lucas said the AMMO Act was introduced to “curtail these purchases so Americans can exercise their Second Amendment rights without being encumbered by the federal government.” Inhofe and Lucas deserve kudos from gun owners nationwide.

Jim Powell, Yukon