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52,000 rounds of ammo for Hoover Dam, Lake Mead officers

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The federal agency overseeing water and power is in the market for 52,000 rounds of ammunition for its officers at Hoover Dam and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, raising questions about weapons for nonmilitary purposes.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that the Bureau of Reclamation put out a bid in June for 41,600 rounds of hollow-point ammunition and 10,400 rounds of shotgun ammunition.

The ammo is paid for by revenues from utility companies that buy electricity from Hoover Dam but the bureau won't say how it will be used or offer details on its law enforcement plan at the popular tourist destinations.

The Bureau of Reclamation most recently purchased a large stock of ammo in 2013 and since 2008 has requested it 19 times for use nationwide.

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