I bet someone didn’t run the language by the Administration before publishing this:
DHS and its components have a requirement for a 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.
. . .
The action shall be capable of accepting all standard NATO STANAG 20 and 30 round M16 magazines (NSN 1005-00-921-5004) and Magpul 30 round PMAG (NSN 1005-01-576-5159).
Now that is interesting.
I mean, it’s common sense that they are highly effective weapons in such situations, but the interesting part is that DHS inadvertently admitted such. In a few short sentences, the US Department of Homeland Security has just neatly justified the use of AR15s–with 30 round magazines–for personal defense. And, at least arguably, they also advocated for burst/auto fire on said weapons.
I’m sure it was entirely intentional, and they were simply sticking up for the rights of gun owners.
Hat tip to GregB.