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Lawmaker: Why Do IRS Agents Train With AR-15s?

June 12, 2013 by  

Representative Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) may have discovered where at least a few of those rounds of ammunition the government is buying massive quantities of is going when he visited the Maryland Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in May: the Internal Revenue Service.

Duncan, chairman of the House Homeland Security oversight subcommittee, said during recent interviews that he wants an explanation from IRS officials about employees of the agency he observed training with AR-15s during his visit.

“While we were sitting there,” Duncan told WYFF4, “the gentleman told them to sling their weapons and load a 30-round magazine into the AR-15s they were training with.”

Upon learning that the marksmen were IRS agents, the lawmaker said he was a little confused as to why the Nation’s tax collectors needed so much firepower.

“Why do IRS law enforcement agents need standoff capability that you would have with a long rifle or with a weapon similar to an AR-15? They’re generally investigating tax evasion, fraud and money laundering. We think of the IRS as an audit agency more than doing the type of law enforcement where they have to use an AR-15.”

The lawmaker, acknowledging that the IRS has an enforcement division, also questions why the agency wouldn’t collaborate with other Federal agencies that are geared more specifically to law enforcement in the event that heavy firepower was needed.

The IRS has issued a statement in response to Duncan’s concerns: “As law enforcement officials, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agents are equipped similarly to other federal, state and local law enforcement organizations. Special Agents receive training on the appropriate and safe use of assigned weapons. IRS Criminal Investigation has internal controls and oversight in place to ensure all law enforcement tools, including weapons are used appropriately.”

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Brent black

    Sounds like they intend to make us pay and sign up for obamacare or die. And besides-who is going to tell them they cant do whatever the hell they want?

    • Don miller

      My question is have they always been armed like this or is this new under this administration if so then it is very suspicious after hearing Russia’s feelings on gay marriage our old nemesis is looking pretty good or just about anywhere from this place anymore seeing as how we the people need to unite or leave what you’ve known as a pretty decent life forever frankly give me freedom or give me death

      • Ron r

        They have always been armed.

    • Don miller

      We the people are the ones that are not going to let that happen we fight their wars for them why can’t we fight this one for us we usually win the others I have every confidence we would win this one we already out gun them and some of us have been stashing ammo and weapons since the Clinton days that’s been quite a few years times that by at least a few hundred million I think that smells like victory and this immigration has a hidden agend for a national ID and if you don’t except it you don’t work sound familiar exactly you don’t except the mark you die not all of we the people have been asleep we the people have our own surveillance and tactics the people not prepared for the worst case scenario will be the ones to parish or forced slaves stand up people that’s why God have us legs even in the bible it talks about Jesus telling his deciles to ready their swords and shields well we the people should be doing just that only our 20th century swords

  • Skip

    While I absolutely agree that anyone trusted with a firearm should be trained on the safe and effective use of said firearm, I am dumbfounded that anyone can think it is ok for the IRS to be armed. I understand the treasury department went up against Al Capone, but don’t you think nowadays we have more appropriate agencies to that sort of heavy lift in the event of a possibly heavily armed tax evader?

  • Ronald

    What a joke to that explanation of why they need hollow point bullets that the military is not allowed to have and the quanity 1.7 billion rounds oh yea thats dhs same difference.

    • Ron r

      I missed the part on hollow points,but it seems to me that they are excercising their second amendment right.

  • FadingLiberty

    Wooooh, they were not kidding when they stated (mandated beginning on January 1st, 2014) that everybody living in America, legally or illegally, that you MUST have health insurance, either private or employee-based health care insurance, or via the (un)Affordable Health Care Act’s (ObamaCare) health care coverage, or “cough up” and pay the $2,000.00 tax (fine) per person and per year, if you choose to be naughty and un-insured, and threatened AT GUN POINT with AR15 assault rifles, if you don’t behave. Forget about those “small” 9mm or .40 hand guns, only loaded with up to 15 rounds of those nasty hollow point bullets to lug around under those black suits; boooring (yawn). Let them be “cool and mean”, our tax dollars can do so much for them. Just wear those tactical black slings over those black suits, and show us all in plane view, us Americans, those “scary” matte black military rifles with those 30 round mags, loaded with the best of the best 5.56 hollow point rounds, when you travel around enforcing your insurance mandates, that would do the trick to keep the masses into submissive slaves. Your agencies are so smart. Where did you learn such tactics? It’s so, so cool.

  • Talmadge

    Sounds like another Obama (o-bam-i) secret trick.

  • TOB

    Mr Duncan, can’t you see they are just another part of oBammy’s “PRIVATE ARMY” if they will intimidate any of POTUS “enemies” they will surely not stop short of “enforcing” oBammy’s call to arms.

  • Guy

    There the. “S S ” & not secret service. Just more Of Hitlers obamas storm troopers ……
    Anyone think he’s leaving office in 3 1/2 years? Doubt it…..√`•_,,,,_°{

    • FadingLiberty

      My fellow patriot, I also sadly agree with your conclusion. After all these years of getting where they are now, do you think that they will “leave”, being the “king and queen” of America? With all of that money and power and czars and “lemmings” at their disposal? Are you kidding me? The few last pieces of the puzzle of horrors are almost in place. Do you really think that they will leave? Hint: It will be a Mad Max backdrop of an Ameritopia puzzle, with the ugly colors of marxism and radical islam mixed in, just to make that “picture” much more uglier. Enjoy the few liberties that are left in America, folks. And, it will only get worse. I give it about six months.

    • Ron r

      You seem to know an alful lot about the SS and other reich favorites .

  • Ron r

    The only thing out of place here is that idiot senator trying to make a story out of nothing. He’ll be wondering later why the postal inspectors carry wepons? Or why military police are armed ,when everyone in the military trains with and has access to wepons. Or why there is no John Wilkes Booth day.

    • FadingLiberty

      You, pal, are a retard. Go “buzz off” to some other pro-Obama regime S.S. blogg site. They will love you there.

      • Ron r

        And you sir are just outright misinformed. Besides I like to know what the reich wing is thinking even though most don’t have an intelligible thought.

  • Pinedo53

    The last thing we need, after showing the scandals within the IRS is to have them running around, enforcing the law with AR15s. That, in itself is more dangerous than an audit.
    Instead, why don’t we force them to show all the receipts for to 50 million in expenses for their lavish vacations they called “training”. And then if they can’t produce them, send in law enforcement with AR15s to see how they like the way they treat honest taxpayers.

  • LEO

    Many intriguing comments. Fellow Americans, we are living through a new era of history. Some think everything is ok, some think there is something very wrong and many don’t even pay attention. That is what scares me the most. Many Americans do not pay attention to current nationwide and world events. It matters not if you are a Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Tea Party etc…
    This is still OUR Country. My opinion is that many of us have become too comfortable with our Government and therefore have a firm trust in most of what they decide is best for us. We are nearing a breaking point. We are nearing THE breaking point. I believe all of us, regardless of Party affiliation, should be mindful of all events taking place right now. In front of our eyes and behind our backs. Three words state it best…”We the People.”

  • Randy Fewell

    I guess the IRS using firearms graduates them from white collar crooks to armed robbers. Looks to me that they ought to be prosecuted for armed robbery

  • Nomad

    What type of people would take jobs with these organizations which are being trained to kill innocent civilians? Very strange to me. Organizations that never existed before but live in their own fear of the people.

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