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IRS Won’t Explain Why Agents Need AR-15’s For ‘Standoff Capability’

AR 15 Assault Rifle

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been buying up a vast collection of AR-15 assault rifles for agents and training them in the proper use of those weapons.

In May 2013, US Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) questioned why the federal agency needs to arm its agents with assault rifles. Duncan asked about the AR-15 situation after he traveled to a Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Maryland and witnessed a handful of IRS agents using AR-15s at an indoor 100 yard firing range.

Duncan said of the situation:

“The IRS has not been cooperative. My committee doesn’t have direct oversight over the IRS so I’ve been trying to build support for an investigation. The IRS has not shown me any information on why they need to train with AR-15′s,” Duncan said.

According to Ben Swann the IRS isn’t the only non-military US agency stockpiling weapons and ammo. “In 2011 the Department of Education’s SWAT team raided Kenneth Wright’s home because of a search warrant regarding his ex-wife.” The SWAT team held Wright at gun point in front of his children.

The Washington Post reports that the Department of Education began carrying tactical firearms after it took over the student aid program. Workers for the Department of Education were given access to the Remington 870 police 12-gauge shotgun.

Other non-military agencies now carrying weapons include the Social Security Administration and he Environmental Protection Agency.

Speaking to Steve Hoffman, the Southeast Regional Director for the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) says of the current climate:

“This just as bad as the Dept. of Education actually having agents who are on armed and trained with AR-15s. Both are symptoms of a federal government that is out of control and whose powers have grown well beyond those outlined in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution.”

IRS officials are continuing to refuse comment on the AR-15 situation and their training program for employees who carry those weapons.

Do you think the IRS and other government agencies are worried about fed up US citizens turning on them and the current broken system we live in?

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5 Responses to “IRS Won’t Explain Why Agents Need AR-15’s For ‘Standoff Capability’”

  1. Dorene Sorenson Shetterly

    They need to be able to "dot the i" from 300 meters…. You never know when a return might have a typo…

  2. Jon Cherney

    The treasury department maintains two primary police forces, the Secret service and the CID. The CID as part of the IRS deals with crime relating to tax law. Among their biggest duties is dealing with organized crime, drug laundering and financing of terrorism. Their agents have been on the ground in IRAQ trying to break up the financial networks funding all queda. They are principle members of every major anti terrorism task force. NJTTF, TFI, TFFC,, TFOS, and dozens more. In effect they act like FBI with CPA's. Now it is true like in all police forces, not every agent is going to be involved in an international terrorist sting operation, but they, like all police agencies expect their agent to maintain training and readiness. The real question is why does a congressman who should know better questioning this? Perhaps to rile up anti government sentiments among some uninformed constituents?

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