US Civilian Agencies Continue Massive Ammunition and Weapons Accumulation
Ed. note: Why is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) spending $600,000 on ammunition? In the US non-military federal agencies including the IRS and even the Social Security Administration (SSA) have continued making massive purchases of weapons and ammunition and has not stopped since the Obama administration going on through to the present Trump administration. The Trump administration is gun friendly and there are reasons for this discussed in the MPN article linked below. It probably won’t be long until even US Postal employees are armed to the teeth with weaponry in this new paradigm of surveillance capitalism. The SSA purchased around 300 firearms and 250,000 rounds of ammunition in 2017. According to a December, 2018 GAO report,
The 20 federal law enforcement agencies in GAO’s review reported spending at least $38.8 million on firearms, $325.9 million on ammunition, and $1.14 billion on tactical equipment—at least $1.5 billion in total—from fiscal years 2010 through 2017, based on data agencies provided to GAO.
Military-grade weapons, ammunition and tactical gear continues being loaded into what are supposed to be civilian agencies. As the GAO reports outlines, there are in consistencies between purchases made by these agencies and actual data. In the MPN article linked blow, it is reported the IRS has in its current inventory “an estimated 4,461 firearms, including submachine guns, and over 5 million rounds of ammunition.”
Federal Law Enforcement:
Purchases and Inventory Controls of Firearms, Ammunition, and Tactical Equipment
GAO-19-175: Published: Dec 13, 2018. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2018.
Are federal law enforcement agencies accurately reporting how much they spend on firearms, ammunition, and tactical equipment?
We found that federal agencies’ internal data on these purchases did not always match data that were publicly available on USASpending.gov. For example, ICE told us that it spent 8 times more on firearms than the amount we calculated using data from the website. This was partly because other agencies used ICE contracts to buy firearms, but weren’t properly identified in ICE’s website data.
We recommended that ICE update its contracting process to include the names of these agencies.
Types of Firearms Federal Agencies in Our Review Reported Buying from Fiscal Years 2010 through 2017
The militarization of America: