Feds buying 95,000 rounds with maximum ‘stopping power’

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
By Paul Martin

Justice soliciting bids for 9mm hollow-point bullets


The Department of Justice is seeking to purchase 95,000 rounds of 9mm hollow-point bullets and has posted online a solicitation that requires bids to be submitted by April 30.

While such bullets often are used in law enforcement, the federal government’s bulk purchase of ammunition in recent years, including a proposal to buy 1.6 billion bullets, has raised concerns about the government’s need for such supplies.

Eyebrows go even higher when the federal government seeks to purchase hollow points, an expanding bullet with a hollow tip designed for “maximizing tissue damage and blood loss or shock,” according to an online explanation.

The current solicitation, posted at FBO.gov, is for the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons. In addition to the specified 95,000 rounds of “9 mm Lugar Jacketed Hollow Point 115 Grain” bullets, it also seeks 46,000 rounds of .223 caliber 55 grain full metal jacket bullets and 4,750 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun shells.

The deal will be completed through a “reverse auction” in which prospective sellers will submit lower and lower bids for supplies that meet the government’s demands.

The government warns: “Offers may not artificially manipulate the price of a transaction on www.FedBid.com by any means. It is unacceptable to place bad faith bids, to use decoys in the www.FedBid.com process or to collude with the intent or effect of hampering the competitive www.FedBid.com process.”

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