Why Does the IRS Have 3K Handguns and 3M Rounds of Ammo?

The “criminal investigation” division of the IRS has a lot of firepower, and what is stated in the headline of this article is only the tip of the iceberg. Breitbart reported that the Government Accounting Office (GAO) issued a report called “Federal Law Enforcement Purchases and Inventory Controls of Firearms, Ammunition, and Tactical Equipment.” And the IRS CI is not alone.

Screenshot via Forbes

From the report:

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Criminal Investigation (CI)

Pistols: 3,282
Revolvers: 4
Fully automatic
firearms: 15
Shotguns: 621
Rifles: 539
Pistol and revolver rounds:
Fully automatic firearm
rounds: 56,000
Shotgun rounds: 367,750
Rifle rounds: 1,472,050
Aiming devices: 103
Specialized image enhancement
devices: 178
Tactical lighting: 10

None of that counts the other Federal agencies that the GAO report included. In total the Feds spent at least “$38.8 million on firearms, $325.9 million on ammunition, and $1.14 billion on tactical equipment—at least $1.5 billion in total—from fiscal years 2010 through 2017.”

The report stated that the agencies were “in compliance” with all their inventory controls. But let’s think about this:

All 20 agencies studied by the GAO have a law enforcement arm. The IRS, EPA, NIH, etc. Not ALL of these agents are armed, only those attached to the investigative or law enforcement units.  But they “possessed silencers, large-caliber launchers, pyrotechnics, or other items.”

According to the GAO report, “specifically, IRS CI policy requires the electronic tracking and inventory of night-vision equipment, optical equipment, and vehicles. NIH policy directs that large-caliber gas launchers be stored in the armory and
pyrotechnics be stored in their bunker with ammunition. IRS CI, NIH, and
EPA OIG all tracked this equipment during their annual inventory

So they can track their firearms and the equipment that goes with them. Great. But some of the agencies are significantly militarized and that’s chilling.  The NIH is National Institutes of Health …that one makes you wonder if they’ve gone from healing and health to something else.

America, we have awakened to a time in history when our government is fully armed. We are fully aware that there are factions in our country that are extreme and dangerous- from Islamists to domestic wackos.

But we saw under three previous administrations where sometimes the intent is not benevolent towards ordinary citizens. From Ruby Ridge to Waco to the Bundy Ranch, and the death of Lavoy Finnicum in Oregon, the Federal government has at times gone off the rails. For some federal agents involved, it was horrifying…for others it was not.

One commenter on the GAO report in Rallypoint stated:

“I would understand bullet proof vests. Being that the IRS is more hated than dentists and lawyers combined, I could understand wanting to protect their employees. I don’t understand the need for all the weapons though. If they need to make an arrest that involves that kind of firepower, then they should bring in the Marshal Service or the FBI to effect the arrest, then take over for the prosecution.” Steven

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children


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Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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