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

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?