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WASHINGTON (TND) — Billions of dollars have been spent over the past few decades to arm federal agencies with more agents, guns, ammunition and military-style equipment.
Founder of Open the Books Adam Andrzejewski joined The National Desk’s Jan Jeffcoat Friday to discuss the issue.
“Here's what we found in the books, we found in the latest audit that 103 federal agencies had purchased guns ammunition and military-style equipment,” he said. “What's interesting is that only 27 of those federal agencies are traditional law enforcement agencies. We found 76 traditional paper-pushing regulatory agencies.”
Andrzejewski’s investigation found some alarming statistics when it comes to just the sheer number of federal agents we have right now and how much weaponry was purchased for some federal agencies like the IRS and Health and Human Services.
“It is agencies at the federal level like the Environmental Protection Agency, or Health and Human Services, or the Internal Revenue Service like the IRS. As a matter of fact, the IRS since 2006, has purchased $35 million worth of guns ammunition and military-style equipment,” he said. “They actually own 4500 weapons, and that includes over 600, shotguns, 500 AR-15 style weapons and even 15 submachine guns.”