As the gun-control debate raged on in the wake of the Newtown massacre, concerns about the future availability of ammunition and firearms intensified. The high demand led to unprecedented shortages of ammuntion, however. Empty shelves in gun stores, long backorders and drastic price increases have become the norm. Some police departments in California have even begun training with airsoft guns. Thus, reports that DHS was trying to buy up 1.6 billion rounds of ammo over five years have raised eyebrows.

Although DHS’ chief procurement officer Nick Nayak said in a hearing on Thursday that this figure isn’t correct, the actual number, which is closer to 750 million according to Nayak, is still too high for some lawmakers.

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