Amidst concerns that the agency is engaged in a domestic arms race against the American people, the Department of Homeland Security has signed a new $4.5 million dollar contract with weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch.
A synopsis posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website announced the DHS’ intention to ink a five year deal with the Virginia-based firearms maker to provide gun replacement parts for the Federal Protective Service, ICE, Customs and Border Protection, “and other DHS agencies as needed.”
The total value of the contract is $4.5 million, spread out across five annual payments of $900,000 dollars.
Although the number of DHS agents who carry Heckler & Koch firearms is blacked out, the document states that the need to source replacement parts is to ensure reliability and “to minimize officer safety concern and to protect the American public.”
The document also notes that the DHS surveyed the “retail” market for weapons parts but failed to identify retailers that were able to, “stock sufficient quantities of parts needed to fulfill the quantities of parts anticipated to be ordered.”
The DHS has purchased weapons from Heckler & Koch numerous times in the past, including an April 2012 deal worth $143,000 for the company to provide submachine guns.