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Thursday, January 10, 2019

GAO: The IRS Has 4,500 Guns, 5,000,000 Rounds of Ammunition

Government Accountability Office, Purchases and Inventory Controls of Firearms, Ammunition, and Tactical Equipment (GAO-19-175) (Dec 13, 2018):





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But don't worry. If they were ever required to produce them, they probably couldn't find them or will shred them "accidentally."

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Jan 10, 2019 3:42:40 AM

That’s it?!

Posted by: Jim Comey | Jan 10, 2019 6:44:12 AM

IRS has had special agents since 1919. They were the guys who caught Al Capone and many other big crooks. Today they investigate organized crime and public corruption, as well as identity theft, drug trafficking, money laundering, and tax fraud. Their agents go through basic training alongside Secret Service, ATF, and U S Marshals. They carry firearms, make arrests, and serve warrants.

Posted by: Smitty | Jan 10, 2019 1:22:31 PM

IRS is not a "Law enforcement agency" and should be relying on the Federal Marshalls and either FBI or Local law enforcement if deadly force is needed for the apprehension of tax cheats...fully automatic weapons in the hands of an IRS police force is absurd. Even Semi-automatics are not part of the Accountant's tool kit.

Posted by: kalashnikat | Jan 10, 2019 9:59:14 PM

5,000,000 rounds divided by 4,500 guns equals 1111 rounds per gun; 1111 rounds divided by 12 months equals 92 rounds per month. The average agent fires more than 100 rounds per month. So the numbers make sense.

Posted by: cptcrash | Jan 10, 2019 11:47:08 PM

What happens to them during the shutdown?

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Jan 11, 2019 4:19:27 AM

When you have a gun, everything looks like a target...

Posted by: John Saunders | Jan 11, 2019 4:52:37 AM

@kalashnikat -- You are mistaken. The IRS has been a law enforcement agency since its inception. The percentage of its employees who are accountants is fairly modest.

Posted by: Mike Petrik | Jan 13, 2019 5:30:52 AM

Ted Koppel once told Commissioner Fred Goldberg, "You have the largest federal law enforcement agency". Fred looked shocked. Guess he never thought of it that way.

Posted by: Smitty | Jan 14, 2019 9:09:46 AM