Yes, the IRS buys guns
Some readers have asked what ever happened to the Nuts and Bolts series, and The Eye thought it was time to revive it when Matt Drudge on Wednesday highlighted a proposed gun purchase by the Internal Revenue Service.
About 2,700 of the agency's 100,000 employees are sworn law enforcement officers (known as special agents) and authorized to carry firearms, spokesman Eric Smith explained in an e-mail. They enforce selected criminal provisions of Titles 18, 26 and 31 of the US Code, domestic and international tax fraud violations and violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, among others.
The agents occasionally execute and serve search or arrest warrants, thus the need to pack heat. The Remingtons are commonly used by other law enforcement agencies. Agents undertake the proper training and also attend refresher courses, Smith said.
| February 4, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
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