The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has requested a purchase of 52,000 rounds of ammunition for law enforcement protecting the Hoover Dam.
Citizens and government officials are concerned about a large amount of ammunition requested by the Bureau of Reclamation.
Nevada Rep. Mark Amodei is now in the process of investigating the report and has vowed to find out how many officers are carrying firearms and how much ammunition they use.
Agency officials have been tight-lipped about details of the request stating “we want to limit the amount of information any bad guys might have about our protection capabilities.”
A review of records indicated that the Bureau of Reclamation submitted requests in June, 2015 for 41,600 rounds of hollow-point ammo and 10,400 rounds of shotgun ammo, raising questions about the procurement of such quantities by non-military agencies.
Any concerns about money were belayed by Bureau spokeswoman Rose Davis, saying that funds for the ammunition are generated by utility companies that buy electric from the Dam authority, and not tax revenue.
Since 2008, the Bureau has submitted 19 requests for ammunition nationwide. The 2013 Department of Homeland Security’s bid to purchase a staggering 1 billion rounds of ammo for its 100,000 officials made the Bureau’s request pale by comparison.
The last known threat to the Hoover Dam was in 2012 when an unarmed man in a pickup truck drove past a secure checkpoint prompting an hour-long standoff.