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Published: Friday, July 01, 2016 @ 12:05 PM
Updated: Friday, July 01, 2016 @ 12:05 PM
By: Patrick Terpstra - Cox Media Group Washington News Bureau
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The IRS is coming under fire for its stockpile of heavy weapons, with one Republican lawmaker calling for a ban on future gun purchases by the agency.
"I don't understand why federal agencies need military-type equipment and all these guns," said Rep. Richard Hudson, R-North Carolina.
He introduced an amendment to prohibit the IRS from buying firearms.
The legislation never made it out of committee, but it spotlights the more than $10 million the IRS has spent on guns, ammunition and military-style equipment for its agents since 2004.
IRS spending on heavy weapons reached a zenith of $2.3 million in 2011 before dropping to $1.1 million in 2014, according to a report by the watchdog group, Open the Books.
Weapons in the agency's arsenal include pistols, long rifles, ammunition and military gear like night-vision scopes and body armor.
IRS agents do more than collect delinquent taxes and investigate identity theft.
They are members of joint terrorism task forces and also investigate gang activity.