If ‘Assault Weapons’ are bad, Why does DHS want to buy 7000 of them for ‘Personal Defense’

Homeland Security Chief Napolitano Discusses Newtown ShootingsThe Blaze – by Jason Howerton

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to acquire 7,000 5.56x45mm NATO “personal defense weapons” (PDW) — also known as “assault weapons” 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 “select-fire” firearms because they are “suitable for personal defense use in close quarters.” 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 “Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) – 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.” Additionally, DHS is asking for 30 round magazines that “have a capacity to hold thirty (30) 5.56x45mm NATO rounds.”

Republican New York state Sen. Greg Ball also issued a press release this week bringing attention to the weapons purchase request.

Calls made to DHS seeking information regarding whether or not the RFP was accepted and fulfilled were not immediately returned on Saturday.

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Thursday introduced legislation that would enact a so-called “assault weapons” ban. The bill would ban more than 150 firearms and limit magazines to 10 rounds. There is no expiration date on Feinstein’s bill.

Get all the details on the bill, including a list of firearms that would be banned, here.

DHS Asks for 7,000 5.56x45mm NATO Personal Defense Weapons Also Known as Assault Weapons

Critics of such a ban on semi-automatic rifles are already arguing that the government is showing its hypocrisy by essentially saying they are good “personal defense” for them, but not for American citizens. When civilians own semi-automatic rifles, they somehow become “assault weapons.”

That being said, it is reasonable for the Department of Homeland Security to request these rifles as they are indeed effective personal defense weapons. The agency is tasked with keeping Americans safe from those who wish to do the country harm, and its officials should be equipped with all the tools they need to do so effectively.

But what about Americans who want to keep themselves and their families safe from threats? Is a semi-automatic rifle unacceptable for a civilian’s “personal defense” in his or her home? According to some Democratic lawmakers, like Sen. Feinstein, it appears the answer is yes.

Just last week two students in Rochester, N.Y. scared off a pair of home intruders by simply brandishing an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. One of the students said he believes the weapon saved their lives.


5 thoughts on “If ‘Assault Weapons’ are bad, Why does DHS want to buy 7000 of them for ‘Personal Defense’

  1. To those of you who were sitting on the fence as to whether or not you will register or relinquish your military pattern rifles, this should tell you loud & clear, NEVER REGISTER OR GIVE THEM UP.
    This new purchase by this creepy agency tells us directly that they have plans for coercion & violence against US citizens.

    1. According to the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution, we the people are homeland security. Why do we put up with another federal alphabet soup agency? I have an idea, lets have a raffle, a $1 federal reserve note per ticket. The 7000 winners get the “personal defense weapons” to keep their homes and families safe. The rest of the federal reserve notes go directly to reducing the country’s debt.

  2. One more thing, DHS & FEMA aren’t to “keep Americans safe”, they’re to keep the government bureaucrats safe.

  3. The Second Amendment guarantees citizens the right to be as well armed as the so-called ‘government’ is.

    The meaning of “Shall NOT be infringed” is obviously foreign to these communist clowns.

    The need for a massive re-education program for them is apparent.

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