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DHS Seeking Information on Massive 'Less Lethal' Weapons Purchase

By    |   Saturday, 04 April 2015 03:57 PM

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking information about buying a large amount of "less lethal specialty munitions," according to a new purchase order listed at FedBizOpps, with the purchase coming about two years after the same department raised eyebrows by buying up a stockpile of ammunition.

The purchase order, coming amidst concerns about over-militarization of police forces in connection with the response to the riots last fall in Ferguson, Mo., was initially posted on March 23 and then amended on April 1, and has a deadline of April 13 for responses, reports InfoWars.com.

According to the posting, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection division, which falls under the DHS, "intends to solicit responses to Request for Information" for "Less Lethal Specialty Munitions (LLSM) for use by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)."

"CBP is interested in incorporating commercial and industry practices that support this type of procurement," the description continues. "To accomplish this, CBP intends to make industry a partner in all facets of the acquisition process, specifically by considering existing market capabilities, strengths and weaknesses for the acquisition of this commodity."

Over the next nine pages are listed technical requirements for a huge amount of specialized weapons to be used for training and in crowd control, including a wide range of gas and chemical grenades, rubber bullets and other riot rounds, as well as “controlled noise and light distraction devices,” which includes flash-bang devices that set off 175 decibels of sound.

InfoWars speculated that it is not likely the equipment will be used to protect the nation's border but instead be used in crowd control and riot situations.

The equipment includes hand-delivered pyrotechnic canisters; flameless expulsion grenades for indoor and outdoor use; hand-delivered rubber ball grenades; crowd management projectile cartridges that include smokeless powder blasts; 40mm "ferret rounds," which are designed to penetrate light barriers and deliver liquid and powder chemical agents.

In the case of the ferret rounds, InfoWars points out, the description says that equipment shall be designed to penetrate barriers of glass, particle board, and interior walls. Upon impact of the barrier, the nose cone will rupture and instantaneously deliver the OC liquid on the other side of the barrier. In 2013, the Government Accountability Office announced it was investigating the Department of Homeland Security's plans to buy 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition, entering the investigation just a few days after legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to prevent agencies except for the Department of Defense from buying more ammunition and making their stockpiles greater than they were during previous administrations.

Agency officials at the time denied they were stockpiling ammunition, and DHS officials said they only wanted to buy up to 750 million rounds, not more than a billion.

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