Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) called into question why the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) needs $700,000 worth of ammunition for its agents and why they need to be armed to begin with.
“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?” she tweeted Wednesday.
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?
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) August 3, 2022
The Colorado Republican is referring to data from usaspending.gov which tracks IRS ammunition purchases, a “bizarre” pattern first brought to attention by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) in June.
“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,” Gaetz claimed.
Why does the IRS need so much ammo?https://t.co/W7VySOA7vS
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) June 21, 2022
Gaetz’s hypothesis is not without merit.
During former President Barack Obama’s time in office, multiple federal agencies had been buying up exorbitant quantities of ammunition after his signature gun control legislation failed in Congress in 2013.
For example, the Department of Homeland Security had stockpiled 1.6 billion rounds of .40 caliber and 9 mm ammunition — enough to prosecute a 24-year war based on the amount of ammunition expended during the Iraq war’s peak.
But that was just the tip of the iceberg.
“The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service spent $4.77 million purchasing shotguns, 7.62mm caliber rifles, night-vision goggles, propane cannons, liquid explosives, pyro supplies, buckshot, LP gas cannons, drones, remote-control helicopters, thermal cameras, military waterproof thermal infrared scopes and more,” American Thinker reported.
“The SBA [Small Business Administration] loaded up their arsenals with Glock pistols. The Fish folks spent approximately $410,000 on their Glocks and rifles and modified their Glocks with silencers. The Department of Health and Human Services was outfitted with sophisticated weaponry normally carried by Special Forces, stored at an undisclosed location.”
The list continues:
- Department of Energy: approximately $50,000 worth of M-16 fully automatic rifles
- General Services Administration: approximately $16,000 in shotguns and Glocks
- Bureau of Reclamations: approximately $697,000 for firearms and ammunition
- EPA: almost $70,000 for ammunition
- Smithsonian: approximately $42,500 for ammunition
- Social Security: approximately $61,000 for ammunition
- $426,268 on hollow-point bullets, including orders from the Forest Service, National Park Service, Office of Inspector General, Bureau of Fiscal Service, as well as Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The latter three, sure, but the Forest Service, National Park Service, and Inspector General’s Office?
- Bureau of Engraving and printing: approximately $100,000 on firearms
- U.S. Mint: almost $180,000 for ammunition
- Bureau of Fiscal Services: approximately $672,000 on ammunition and firearms
- Department of Agriculture: $1.1 million for weapons and ammunition
Boebert’s concerns come as the IRS is slated to receive $80 billion from taxpayers to increase its ability to audit small businesses as part of Joe Biden’s massive spending bill ironically-named the “Inflation Reduction Act.”