"Reading your editorial in the Wall Street Journal last week,
raised questions of a growing federal arms race...
Why is the IRS stockpiling AR-15's?"
Joe Kiernan, host of Squawk Box on CNBC
June 21, 2016
"This is not a small problem..."
Dr. Tom Coburn | CNBC Squawk Box
Honorary Chairman of OpenTheBooks.com
The Federal Arms Race & Militarization of America
CNBC's Squawk Box | Dr. Tom Coburn interview
An Assault Weapons Ban for the IRS
(and other federal regulatory agencies) | Forbes
By Adam Andrzejewski | CEO of OpenTheBooks.com
June 22, 2016
Many Washington politicians are calling for an assault weapons bans on regular Americans, after the Orlando terrorist attack. But former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn has another idea...
Watch Coburn's interview on CNBC where he calls for an assault weapons ban on the IRS and other administrative federal agencies, click here
Writing at Forbes, the Founder and CEO of OpenTheBooks.com Adam Andrzejewski further details the size, scale and scope of the federal agency guns, ammo and military-style equipment complex.
Here's just a sample of our findings:
- Non-military federal officers with arrest and firearm authority (200,000 ) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In 1996, it was 74,500 and by 2008, 120,000 such officers.
- 67 non-military federal agencies - including 53 regulatory, administrative agencies - spent $1.48 billion on guns, ammo and military-style equipment between 2006-2014.
- IRS stockpile includes pump-action and semi-automatic shotguns with buckshot and slugs; and semi-automatic AR-15 rifles (S&W M&P 15) and military-style H&K 416 rifles.
- Health and Human Services (HHS) 'Special Agents' use a sophisticated military-style weapons platform with Special Forces contractors training the agents on domestic special operations.
Read our Forbes column, An Assault Weapons Ban for the IRS (and other federal regulatory agencies), click here.
Please read our Wall Street Journal column, Why Does the IRS Need Guns?, read here
Download a PDF copy of our OpenTheBooks Oversight Report - The Militarization of America, study here