Why are IRS agents training with AR-15 assault weapons?

This is an AR-15:

The AR-15 (ArmaLite Rifle-15) is a lightweight, 5.56 mm, magazine-fed, semi-automatic rifle, with a rotating-lock bolt, actuated by direct impingement gas operation or long/short stroke piston operation. First built by ArmaLite as an assault rifle for the United States armed forces, financial problems led ArmaLite to sell the AR-15 design was sold to Colt. The select-fire version of the AR-15 entered the U.S. military system as the M16 rifle. Colt then started selling the semi-automatic version of the M16 rifle as the Colt AR-15 for civilian sales in 1963.

Norvell Rose reports for Liberty News, June 12, 2013, that in late May, Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC), chairman of the House Homeland Security oversight subcommittee, toured a federal law enforcement facility and noticed agents training with the semi-automatic weapons. Even though it was a Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) training facility, the shooters reportedly identified themselves as Internal Revenue Service enforcement.

Jeff-DuncanDuncan (pic above) says he was surprised to hear they worked for the IRS:

When I left there, it’s been bugging me for weeks now, why IRS agents are training with a semi-automatic rifle AR-15, which has stand-off capability. Are Americans that much of a target that you need that kind of capability?

The IRS defends the training, in a statement that reads, in part:

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.

In responding to the revelation about IRS agents training on AR-15s at a DHS facility, the agency included a link to its enforcement website. But the website contains no obvious reference to the need for, or use of, high-powered assault rifles. Instead, there are statements such as the following, which have nothing at all to do with tax agents training to use semi-automatic weapons in their enforcement operations:

Today’s sophisticated schemes to defraud the government demand the analytical ability of financial investigators to wade through complex paper and computerized financial records.

When individuals and corporations make deliberate decisions to not comply with the law, they face the possibility of a civil audit or criminal investigation which could result in prosecution and possible jail time.

Neither “analytical ability” nor “civil audit” nor “criminal investigation” entails the use of assault rifles. Simply put, the IRS is not supposed to be a tactical police force. That’s why we have  FBI and Marshall Service.

H/t Patriot Action Network


13 responses to “Why are IRS agents training with AR-15 assault weapons?

  1. Why are the designated law enforcement? I find that suspicious.


  2. A unit of Obama’s private army?


    • It’s the “civilian national security force” we heard about… they must’ve wanted one that inspires fear and loathing already.


  3. “…and related financial crimes in a manner that fosters confidence in the tax system”. I have no confidence in the IRS, and having them armed with AR-15s isn’t going to give me more confidence.


  4. I think we need to read Mien Kampf by Hitler to see what is going on with this Administration, I bet all we see going on has been written about, we just ignore history and run around looking for handouts.


  5. Standard operating procedure in a dictatorship!


  6. For those pesky 1099s…


  7. I guess they needed those to go along with their shotguns (just like the ones the Dept. of Education bought – you know, to teach children in those gun-free zones):



  8. Why do they train with AR-15s? Because those dang old people on fixed incomes can be so tight with a dollar, comrade!


  9. It’s not funny anymore.. He’s planning to kill his opposition


  10. Wayne Root has some interesting thoughts here on trusting our current admin:



  11. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this fascinating post. The IRS is staffed by civilians and should be protected by other agencies. This is utterly remarkable!


  12. “… the IRS is not supposed to be a tactical police force. That’s why we have FBI and Marshall Service.”

    Probably because every branch of government that can come up with some minimal claim of having an “enforcement” responsibility wants to funds for all these new toys to play with. It is a lot more glamorous to have guns and dress like a a Navy Seal Team.



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