Lucas and Inhofe Introduce AMMO Act to Restrict Gov't Stockpiles

Apr 26, 2013

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Two members of Oklahoma's Congressional delegation put forth legislation Friday that would require most federal agencies to track how much ammunition they purchase.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla. 3) introduced the Ammunition Management for More Obtainability, or AMMO, Act of 2013 into their respective chambers of the Capitol.

The bill requires the non-partisan Government Accountability Office to track the purchase of ammunition by federal agencies, and how that affects the supply of ammunition the public can access.

“President Obama has been adamant about curbing law-abiding Americans’ access and opportunities to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” Inhofe says in a statement. “One way the Administration is able to do this is by limiting what’s available in the market with federal agencies purchasing unnecessary stockpiles of ammunition.

If the current agency stockpiles are higher than its monthly averages prior to 2009, they would be restricted from purchasing any additional rounds. The law wouldn't apply to the Department of Defense.

“I was surprised to find out the DHS 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 says. “This is an issue that must be addressed, and I am pleased this legislation provides us the opportunity to do so.”