A Republican congressman is working on legislation to stop the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other federal agencies from purchasing thousands of rounds of ammunition. The IRS has spent some $725,000 on ammo this year alone.
House Judiciary Committee Member Matt Gaetz (R-FL) told Fox News last week that the IRS, Railroad Retirement Board and other federal agencies are stockpiling ammunition while average Americans face shortages.
“Call me old-fashioned, but I thought the heaviest artillery an IRS agent would need would be a calculator. I imagine the IRS in green eyeshades and cubicles — not busting doors down and emptying Glock clips on our fellow Americans,” Gaetz said. “Certainly it’s troubling that in 2022 alone, the IRS has spent around $725,000 on ammunition.”
“So, here’s the Biden plan: Disarm Americans, open the border, empty the prisons — but rest assured, they’ll still collect your taxes, and they need $725,000 worth of ammunition, apparently, to get the job done,” he added.
Gaetz said he is working on legislation “to put a total moratorium on the IRS buying ammo,” noting that one report showed the IRS stockpiled $11 million worth of ammunition in one 10-year period.
“When we used to talk about the IRS being weaponized, we were talking about political discrimination, not actual weapons for the IRS,” he quipped.
“Undeniably, part of the strategy is that with one hand, the Biden regime is doing everything they can to suppress access to ammunition for regular Americans, while with the other hand, they are scooping up all the ammo that they can possibly find,” Gaetz said.
In an interview with Breitbart News, Gaetz took his concerns over the IRS’s ammunitions stockpile a step further, arguing that it may be part of a broader effort to block Americans from having access to ammo.
“There is concern that this is part of a broader effort to have any entity in the federal government buy up ammo to reduce the amount of ammunition that is in supply, while at the same time, making it harder to produce ammo,” Gaetz added.
“You cannot fully exercise the complement of your Second Amendment rights if you are unable to acquire ammunition in your own country because your government has reduced the production of that ammunition, and then on the other hand, tried to soak up the supply,” he added.
The IRS has been stockpiling weapons and ammunition for years, a 2018 report by the Government Accountability Office showed. Heading into 2018, the IRS had 4,487 guns and 5,062,006 rounds of ammunition in its inventory.