IRS Special Agents must “Carry a Firearm and be Willing to Use Deadly Force”

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    The job listing for the IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent position states that applicants must “carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force” to carry out the duties of the job.

     

    The job posting states:

    As a Special Agent you will combine your accounting skills with law enforcement skills to investigate financial crimes. Special Agents are duly sworn law enforcement officers who are trained to “follow the money.” No matter what the source, all income earned, both legal and illegal, has the potential of becoming involved in crimes which fall within the investigative jurisdiction of the IRS Criminal Investigation. Because of the expertise required to conduct these complex financial investigations, IRS Special Agents are considered the premier financial investigators for the Federal government.

    It further explains the Special Agent's “major duties,” which consist of “[carrying] a firearm and [being] willing to use deadly force, if necessary.” Candidates for the Special Agent job must “be willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.”

    Breitbart News published a report on the 19th of June about Rep. Matt Gaetz's (R-FL) concern over the purchase of about $700,000 worth of ammunition “between March and June 1” of this year by the IRS.

    Gaetz added, “There is concern that this is part of a broader effort to have any entity in the federal government buy up ammo to reduce the amount of ammunition that is in supply, while at the same time making it harder to produce ammo.”

    On the 3rd of August, Breitbart News highlighted a tweet from Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) who was a vocal supporter of Gaetz's concerns about the purchase of ammo.

    Boebert tweeted:

    “The Internal Revenue Service bought nearly $700K in ammunition earlier this year which begs the questions, why do their agents need guns to do their job and who are the IRS arming their agents against?”

    In February of 2013, just two months into Barack Obama's second term, Breitbart News reported about the Department of Homeland Security's stash of more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammo.

    Reports showed that the DHS had 1.6 billion rounds in stock in the spring of 2012 and had recently placed an order for 20 million rounds more.

    The majority of the rounds bought by the DHS were 9mm and .40 cal. Both of these were very popular with civilian gun owners then, and some think that the DHS ammo purchase caused a shortage of civilian ammunition.

    When Rep. Gaetz made his comments regarding the approximately $700,000 purchase of ammunition by the IRS, Gaetz hinted at the possibility that federal agencies purchase ammo and limit the exercise of the Second Amendment due to the fact that people are unable to obtain ammunition.

    Gaetz described a dire scenario in which the government cuts the production of ammunition “and, on the other hand, [soaks] up the supply of it.”

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