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Rep. Gaetz's bill would ban IRS from acquiring ammunition

by WorldTribune Staff / 247 Real News August 4, 2022

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz has introduced legislation aimed at prohibiting the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from acquiring ammunition.

Gaetz introduced the "Disarm the IRS Act" after reports confirmed the tax enforcement agency already has stockpiled more than 5 million rounds of ammunition.

This year alone, the IRS has purchased $725,000 worth of ammunition, Gaetz said.

“I’m not against stockpiling ammunition, but you shouldn’t have to be a D.C. accountant to do it; you ought to be a mechanic in Pensacola,” Gaetz told Fox News.

According to a 2020 OpenTheBooks.com report: “The militarization of the U.S. Executive Agencies” included the IRS having 2,159 special agents, the spending of $21.3 million on guns, ammunition and military-style equipment between fiscal years 2006 and 2019, which included a stockpile of more than 4,500 guns.

Adam Andrzejewski, Open the Books’ CEO and founder, told The Center Square, "After grabbing legal power, bureaucrats are amassing firepower. It's time to scale back the federal arsenal. Just who are the federal agencies preparing to battle?”

According to the report, 103 federal agencies outside of the Department of Defense and 76 administrative agencies spent $2.7 billion and $110.6 million, respectively, on guns, ammunition and military-style equipment between fiscal years 2015 and 2019.

Related: ‘Bizarre’: Team Biden’s IRS buying up ammunition, June 19, 2022

The report notes that there are more federal officers with arrest and firearm authority with the IRS (200,000) than there are U.S. Marines (182,000).

The Biden administration wants to “disarm Americans, open the border, empty the prisons,” and “still collect your taxes” with $725,000 worth of ammunition to do it, he said.

The bill would need to pass the House Ways and Means Committee before it’s considered by the full House. Republican Reps. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Paul Gosar of Arizona, and Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia co-sponsored the bill.

“Why is Biden trying to weaponize the IRS?” Duncan tweeted.

Rep. Gosar tweeted that Congress needs to disarm “this band of highwaymen and stop them from taking our money under the threat of violence.”

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