The Las Vegas Sun reports that the Bureau of Reclamation put out a bid in June for 41,600 rounds of hollow-point ammunition and 10,400 rounds of shotgun ammunition. But the bureau will not say why.
Anyone familiar with firearms, target shooting etc., knows you don’t purposely go to the range to train for accuracy using hollow points. Yes, they can be used for such — but generally cheaper full-metal jacket rounds are typically used for training.
Hollow points have one specific job — destroy the shooter, because they generate a larger diameter to inflict massive tissue damage and blood loss. The ammo is reportedly being paid for by revenues generated from utility companies that buy electricity from Hoover Dam.
“We want to limit the amount of information any bad guys might have about our protection capabilities,” explained spokeswoman Rose Davis, insisting that law enforcement officers are “there for the protection of employees, visitors and the dam.”
Davis did not, however, provide specific information about the number of armed official at the facility, but as of 2008 there were 21 officers policing the area for the bureau, according to a Department of Justice review. U.S. Congressman Mark Amodei of Nevada plans to further investigate the ammunition request and the size of law enforcement presence at the dam.
Amodei was one of 17 GOP congressmen to sponsor a bill that would have prevented certain agencies from using or purchasing weapons. The bill failed to pass.
The bureau, which works with the Department of Homeland Security to make sure the dam’s secure, has requested to purchase ammunition no fewer than 19 times since 2008, most recently making a large quantity demand in 2013. In addition to the bureau, which operates in Nevada out of its Boulder City office, the Las Vegas police department is also called upon to handle Hoover Dam security.
Hoover Dam’s most recent publicized threat was in 2012, when an unarmed man drove his truck past a security checkpoint, prompting an hour-long standoff with officials. In April 2014, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters faced off with the Bureau of Land Management after a federal judge authorized that agency to remove his cattle from public land.
In April it the Department of Homeland Security requested the purchase of 63 million rounds of ammo typically used in AR-15 semi-automatic rifles. The contract included 12.6 million rounds per year for five years.
Meanwhile, the Obama Administration’s cutting 40,000 military personnel from U.S. defense ranks over the next two-years – so no wonder people are suspicious.