Congressman Duncan: IRS Special Agents Are Now Training with Assault Rifles
If it wasn’t enough for you that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) purchased 60 shotguns for their criminal enforcement unit, what do you think of the IRS training with AR-15 assault riffles at an indoor federal firing range.
by Shepard Ambellas
June 12, 2013
In 2010 a purchase order was released by the Department of the Treasury detailing how the IRS purchased 60 shotguns for their criminal enforcement unit.
The solicitation notice released in February of 2010 numbered TIRWR-10-Q-00023 read, “The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intends to purchase sixty Remington Model 870 Police RAMAC #24587 12 gauge pump-action shotguns for the Criminal Investigation Division. The Remington parkerized shotguns, with fourteen inch barrel, modified choke, Wilson Combat Ghost Ring rear sight and XS4 Contour Bead front sight, Knoxx Reduced Recoil Adjustable Stock, and Speedfeed ribbed black forend, are designated as the only shotguns authorized for IRS duty based on compatibility with IRS existing shotgun inventory, certified armorer and combat training and protocol, maintenance, and parts”.
I asked myself back in 2010, when the news hit, what would the IRS need shotguns for?
Now three years later, special agents of the IRS have been seen training with AR-15 assault riffles.
In fact, durring a visit to a federal firearms training facility, Congressman Jeff Duncan, witnessed eight or nine IRS special agents training with AR-15 assault riffles prompting Duncan to inform the American people that something isn’t right.
Tal Kopan wrote, “While Duncan acknowledges that the IRS has an enforcement division, he questions if that level of firepower is appropriate when they could coordinate operations with other agencies, like the FBI, especially in a time of austerity.
“I think Americans raise eyebrows when you tell them that IRS agents are training with a type of weapon that has stand-off capability. It’s not like they’re carrying a sidearm and they knock on someone’s door and say, ‘You’re evading your taxes,’” Duncan said.
Given the increased scrutiny amid the agency’s targeting of political groups and excessive spending, Duncan said, he intends to seek answers from the IRS.
“We’ll ask the questions and hopefully they can justify it. And if not, we’ll bring them in front of the committee for a hearing and ask the questions on the record,” he said.
In a statement, the IRS defended the training.”
The IRS is primarily an auditing agency and really technically has no jurisdiction in the United States, as the IRS is an unconstitutional foreign corporation based out of Puerto Rico.
An IRS spokesman has told the press that yes indeed the IRS does train with high-power riffles, although the spokesman said that this type training should not be in the budget.
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