The procurement officer of the Department of Homeland Security says the DHS has the right to buy 750 million rounds of ammunition. This is three times what the Defense Department buys to train soldiers in the U.S. Army.
What will be done with this ammo? Nothing, says Oklahoma Senator James Imhofe. It’s not being bought to use. It’s being bought to keep it out of the hands of citizens.
If the nation’s ammunition manufacturers have received guaranteed sales to the government, they will shift production to government-demanded ammo. This takes production away from calibers demanded by the public.
This will work for a while. It will make the ammunition firms rich. But at some point, the government’s orders will be filled. Then the firms will start selling to private users. The result is a robust ammunition industry.
There is no industry in better shape today. There is demand on a scale never seen in peacetime. This demand from the private sector will increase. Why? Because when people want something, and they are told that it’s not available, they really want it. The ammunition firms are in fat city. The more they sell to the government, the more capital they have for investing in more production capacity.
The smart owners will move their firms’ new capacity to Texas. They will escape from Connecticut. They will head for a large state where people own guns. There is also no state income tax.
This is good news for ammunition manufacturers. In the long run, it is good for gun owners. New productive capacity will be used. The various federal agencies will at some point be loaded up.