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

ar-15The 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 noticedagents 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.

H/t Patriot Action Network


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

  1. TerryLee Renner says:

    Virtually NO One owns an an assault rifle in this country, It requires a class 3 license. So-called assault rifles are in fact common semi-automatic rifles, which look the same. It is a very good design, and represents the current state-of-the-art in rifle design, and is used in all of the shooting sports now. The fact that it is identical in profile to the actual assault rifles has caused the confusion among the non-gun segment of our population; it scares them, and is thus is easily demonized by those seeking to remove them from ownership. Any time the term “assault rifle” is used in the media in reference to a mass shooting, the media is in error. That fact doesn’t matter to them. They are nearly all part of the non-gun segment. “What do you need one of those for?” is an extremely common comment. I am not sure that any amount of education will change that viewpoint. I know that my efforts to do so have been woefully ineffective. I don’t own one, due to my poor eyesight, and for no other reason. I cancelled an order for one when I discovered this. Nearly all legal gun owners in this country are of a similar reasoned mindset, and are no threat to anyone. This is the reality. Owning one of these rifles makes you no more of a killer than owning and driving a car, which has a catastrophic safety record compared to any other consumer goods. Talk of banning ANYTHING has ALWAYS resulted in the same thing: an underground, over-priced, criminally-controlled market for that thing. No exceptions.

  2. Robert Jones says:

    They are training on these rifles so they can shoot American citizens. They will do this when the president orders them to. You just hide and watch.

  3. I appreciate the article. :-) Just a clarification, the term “assault rifle” is a term coined by the media to demonize certain rifles, particularly the AR platform. “AR” is the abbreviation for ArmaLite, the original manufacturer of the platform, it does not stand for “assault rifle”, contrary to popular opinion. I like to stay away from using the term “assault rifle” because it encourages the proliferation of ignorance.

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