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GOP Lawmakers Want to Stop a Gun Conspiracy So Absurd Even the NRA Doesn't Buy It

Apparently, Obama is stockpiling bullets to keep them out of gun owners' hands.

Republican lawmakers introduced legislation to stop gun conspiracy so ridiculous, that even the NRA has disputed its credibility.

The bill, introduced by Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) and Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), would restrict federal agencies from purchasing ammunition for a six-month period if their stockpiles exceed monthly averages prior to the Obama administration. The conspiracy goes like this: Obama is trying to buy up the nation’s ammo supply to keep bullets away from civilians.

"President Obama has been adamant about curbing law-abiding Americans’ access and opportunities to exercise their Second Amendment rights," said Inhofe in a press statement. "One way the Obama Administration is able to do this is by limiting what’s available in the market with federal agencies purchasing unnecessary stockpiles of ammunition.”

The Obama stockpiling conspiracy didn’t come out of thin air. Last year, Alex Jones’ Infowars repeatedly questioned bullet purchases from Obama’s Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration. The conspiracy went to Capitol Hill last month, when 15 members of Congress wrote the president a letter questioning the administration’s “extraordinary level of ammunition purchases.”

“The extraordinary level of ammunition purchases made by Homeland Security seems to have, in states such as my own, created an extreme shortage of ammunition to the point where many gun owners are unable to purchase any,” LaMalfa wrote in the letter.

As TPM’s Sahil Kapur points out, even the adamantly pro-gun NRA disputes the notion that Obama is trying to buy up the nation’s commercial ammunition supply. In a statement released last year, the NRA accused said the “Internet rumor mill” had a “lack of understanding of the law enforcement functions carried about by officers in small federal agencies.” 

The SSA and DHS both corroborate with the NRA, asserting that they’re utilizing the purchased ammunition for law enforcement purposes.

h/t Talking Points Memo

Steven Hsieh is an editorial assistant at AlterNet and writer based in Brooklyn. Follow him on Twitter @stevenjhsieh.