Senator Wants to Greatly Undermine the IRS by Disarming the IRS

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst put forward legislation to strip the Internal Revenue Service of its firearms in the middle of June. According to Dave Workman of AmmoLand, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms subsequently published a statement as a proposal to Ernst’s proposal entitled “Why Does the IRS Have Guns Act.” The citizens asked, “That’s really a very good question.”

“Why has the IRS spent millions of dollars on weapons and ammunition since the start of the coronavirus pandemic three years ago,” inquired CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “According to a published report, the agency spent $2.3 million on ammunition, another $1.2 million on ballistic shields, $243,000 on body armor, nearly $475,000 on Smith & Wesson rifles and $463,000 on Beretta tactical shotguns.”

“One has to wonder whether IRS agents are working for the taxpayers, or preparing to go to war against them,” he added. “The worst thing people should ever face from the IRS is an audit, not a firing squad.”

Ernst revealed her legislative proposal in a press release which provided some details about her legislative act. This piece of legislation would do the following:

  • Prohibit the IRS from buying, receiving, or storing guns and ammunition,
  • Transfer all firearms and ammunition currently in the IRS’ possession to the General Services Administration,
  • Auction off these guns and ammo to federally-licensed firearms retailers and devote proceeds to deficit reduction, and
  • Relocate the IRS Criminal Investigation Division within the Justice Department.

Per a report by Washington Examiner, Ernst stated, “It’s concerning how the Biden administration has worked to expand the size of the IRS, and even more concerning that the IRS is using taxpayer dollars to arms its agents… I’m working to disarm the IRS to prevent any further weaponization of this federal agency. It’s time to end this abuse of power and tax dollars.”

In May, the New York Post published a report about the IRS’s large spending on ammunition and guns. The newspaper observed that the agency had spent $10 million since 2020 to build up its arsenal.

“Since 2006, the agency has spent $35.2 million – adjusted for inflation – on guns, ammo and military-style equipment, according to OpenTheBooks,” the Post added.

Before 2020, the Post noted that the IRS “had stockpiled 5 million rounds of ammunition for its 2,159 special agents. At the time, the agency owned 4,500 firearms, including 621 pump action and semi-automatic shotguns, 539 semi-automatic rifles and 15 submachine guns.”

Gottlieb highlighted the following: “American taxpayers feel intimidated enough by the IRS without facing the prospect of armed agents coming to our doors. What is truly alarming is that this has been going on for years, at the cost of more than $35 million since 2006. However, over the past couple of years, it appears the Biden administration has literally weaponized the agency, and the American public should not be amused. Disarming the IRS will make us all feel safer, and we’re delighted Sen. Ernst is willing to do something about it.”

Per a May 1 report at Open the Books, the IRS also purchased 3,000 units of “optics compatible tactical holsters for weapons with optical sights and weapons lighting systems.” 

In the press release, Ernst commented, “The taxman is fully loaded at the expense of the taxpayer.” She added, “As the Biden administration has worked to expand the size of the IRS, any further weaponization of this federal agency against hardworking Americans and small businesses is a grave concern. I’m working to disarm the IRS and return these dollars to address reckless spending in Washington.”

The IRS is not a harmless agency. It’s an unaccountable government bureaucracy that operates on the basis of force. Its sole purpose is to harass lawful Americans and shake them down for all of their money. If we want any semblance of economic freedom, the IRS has to be abolished.

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