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Yes, the IRS buys guns

By Ed O'Keefe

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.

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The conservative super blogger linked to the agency's order for 60 Remington 12 gauge pump-action shotguns for the Criminal Investigation Division's Oakland, Calif. field office.

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.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | February 4, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
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Okay, so why is this a big deal?

Posted by: ozpunk | February 4, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Who would a thunk you could be cut down with buck shot for tax fraud? Everybody should learn a lesson from this disclosure, don't misstate any figures on your 1040.

Posted by: PigNeck | February 4, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

According to GAO, 60,000 federal agents from 45 different agencies are authorized to carry firearms.

95% of them are in these 18 agencies:

-Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
-National Institutes of Health
-Bureau of Engraving and Printing
-National Park Service
-Drug Enforcement Administration
-U.S. Customs Service
-Federal Bureau of Investigation
-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
-Federal Bureau of Prisons
-U.S. Marshals Service
-Federal Emergency Management Agency
-U.S. Mint
-Federal Protective Service
-U.S. Postal Inspection Service
-Immigration and Naturalization Service
-U.S. Secret Service
-Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation
-Department of Veterans Affairs

Posted by: pmendez | February 4, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

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