IF âASSAULT WEAPONSâ ARE BADâŚWHY DOES DHS WANT TO BUY 7,000 OF THEM FOR âPERSONAL DEFENSEâ?
Jan. 26, 2013
The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to acquire 7,000 5.56x45mm NATO âpersonal defense weaponsâ (PDW) â also known as âassault weaponsâ when owned by civilians. The solicitation, originally posted on June 7, 2012, comes to light as the Obama administration is calling for a ban on semi-automatic rifles and high capacity magazines.
Citing a General Service Administration (GSA) request for proposal (RFP), Steve McGough of RadioViceOnline.com reports that DHS is asking for the 7,000 âselect-fireâ firearms because they are âsuitable for personal defense use in close quarters.â The term select-fire means the weapon can be both semi-automatic and automatic. Civilians are prohibited from obtaining these kinds of weapons.
The RFP describes the firearm as âPersonal Defense Weapon (PDW) â 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.â Additionally, DHS is asking for 30 round magazines that âhave a capacity to hold thirty (30) 5.56x45mm NATO rounds.â