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Department of Homeland Security: Sport rifle (AR-1

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Jerbear, Jan 22, 2013.

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  1. Jerbear

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    http://radioviceonline.com/department-of-homeland-security-sport-rifle-ar-15-suitable-for-personal-defense/

    Department of Homeland Security: Sport rifle (AR-15) “suitable for personal defense”


    The United States Department of Homeland Security has stated a rifle chambered in 5.56 NATO (compatible with .223) with a magazine capacity of 30 rounds is “suitable for personal defense use in close quarters…”

    Well smack me up-side the head. First, a hat tip to Breitbart’s Awr Hawkins who pointed us to a posted General Services Administration (GSA) business opportunity solicitation posted and updated last summer. Basically, the site posts a request for proposal (RFP) for personal defense weapons for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

    This RFP is not for the traditional armed forces. This solicitation is specific to law enforcement who almost exclusively work within and along the borders of the United States. Certainly the threats ICE officers may be subject to are the same exact threats law-abiding residents could be subject to.

    Section C of solicitation number HSCEMS-12-R-00011 is pretty specific. Here is a direct link to the Section C PDF (246KB). My emphasis in bold. Notice the term assault weapon or assault rifle is not used anywhere in the document.

    The scope of this contract is to provide a total of up to 7,000 5.56x45mm North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) personal defense weapons (PDW) throughout the life of this contract to numerous Department of Homeland Security components. …



    ...... Why a semi-automatic rifle a good choice for home defense…

    Here is a list of valid reasons, in no particular order.

    You can mount a light, red dot sight and/or a laser to the rifle to make it easy to used and aim during the day or night.

    They have a reasonable recoil, making the gun - for many users – easier to shoot as compared to a defense-caliber shotgun or pistol.

    They can be customized to “fit” a variety of body types and shooting styles. They can be configured and adjusted for different shooting distances (less than 5 yards to more than 200 yards).

    The .223/5.56 self-defense round is appropriate for use within a home, even in an urban environment. Ballistic experts have found rounds from these calibers “dump energy” quickly and break apart or begin to tumble after penetrating the first barrier. Will rifle rounds go through walls? You bet. Will pistol calibers like 9mm, .40 and .45 go through walls? You bet. Will shotgun rounds go through walls? You bet. That said, there is significant evidence the .223/5.56 self-defense rounds penetrate no more than, and often less than traditional handgun calibers and many shotgun rounds.

    A rifle is much more capable of stopping a threat as compared to a pistol.

    Semi-automatic rifles are more accurate than a pistol or shotgun.

    Ammunition is (normally) readily available and (normally) priced within reason.

    Present time excluded.

    You can buy high-capacity magazines for many semi-automatic rifles. In a self-defense situation, you want to avoid manipulating the weapon at all except for pulling the trigger straight back. Law enforcement and civilians do not favor high-capacity magazines so they can shoot more rounds, they favor them so they can manipulate their weapon less. If reloading is needed, it is possible but let’s be completely honest, in many self defense situations, ten rounds may not be enough.


    Read the whole story above....

    Jerbear
     
  2. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Like, duh.

    But I'm glad to see a branch of the United States Government recognize that these guns are quite suitable for personal defense by citizens.
     
  3. Rick Barker

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    Did DiFi get the memo?
     
  4. darr

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    More proof that what is good for the goose is not good for the gander.The bottom line on this gun control deal is those in power recognize these weapons are very effective in the hands of competent persons.They do not want the public free to own them because the public might use ARs on them if they over use their power.All the other arguements are nothing but a smoke screen.

    Darr
     
  5. ounce-n-3/8s

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    I think DiFi got the memo....she couldn't read it; it wasn't written in German. Fricken Brown Shirt!
     
  6. Rick Barker

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    Link to story where 7000 assault rifles to purchased for government official defense.
     
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