Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan sort of freaked out when he saw IRS agents training with AR-15s during a tour of the Department of Homeland Security.
The expected outrage that the bean counting, pocket-protector brigade were armed with AR-15s ensued:
Duncan seemed unaware that the Internal Revenue Service has a criminal investigation division, with GS-1811 criminal investigators/special agents, pretty much like every federal law enforcement agency has.
Oh. He said he did know, but asks about stand-off capability. Maybe because agents need to have the same capability that the bad guys have?
He then clarified his concerns:
So, while Duncan investigates, maybe this will help get him started.
According to federal law enforcement sources, many federal, state and local law enforcement agencies issue shoulder weapons, like AR-15s, so agents and officers are able to match the threat of assailants who have similar weapons.
The IRS Criminal Investigation Section describes its job duties on the IRS website:
Criminal Investigation Special Agent Career:
In support of the overall IRS Mission, Criminal Investigation (CI) serves the American public by investigating potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related financial crimes in a manner that fosters confidence in the tax system and compliance with the law.
Special Agent Training:
What Training is Required to Become a Criminal Investigation (CI) Special Agent?
Special Agent candidates are required to attend a comprehensive training program at theFederal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. Training begins with an orientation program sponsored by the National Criminal Investigation Training Academy. Students then attend a nine-week Criminal Investigation Training Program (CITP) covering basic federal criminal investigation techniques, including federal criminal law, courtroom procedures, enforcement operations, interviewing and firearms training common to all federal law enforcement agents.