Rep. Jeff Duncan wants to know why IRS law enforcement agents are training with AR-15 rifles.
As chairman of the House Homeland Security oversight subcommittee, Duncan (R-S.C.) toured a federal law enforcement facility in late May and noticed agents training with the semi-automatic weapons at a firing range. They identified themselves as IRS, he said.
â€œWhen I left there, itâ€™s been bugging me for weeks now, why IRS agents are training with a semi-automatic rifle AR-15, which has stand-off capability,â€ Duncan told POLITICO. â€œAre Americans that much of a target that you need that kind of capability?â€
While Duncan acknowledges that the IRS has an enforcement division, he questions if that level of firepower is appropriate when they could coordinate operations with other agencies, like the FBI, especially in a time of austerity.
â€œI think Americans raise eyebrows when you tell them that IRS agents are training with a type of weapon that has stand-off capability. Itâ€™s not like theyâ€™re carrying a sidearm and they knock on someoneâ€™s door and say, â€˜Youâ€™re evading your taxes,â€™â€ Duncan said.
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