Republican Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida is trying to distinguish why the IRS spent roughly $700,000 “between March and June 1” to purchase ammunition. Speaking to Breitbart News, Gaetz said the behavior was “bizarre.”
Gaetz spoke to Breitbart News over the weekend, and the outlet reported:
He noted he and his Republican colleagues are trying to ascertain why the ammunition was purchased, noting, “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 noted a scenario where federal entities are buying up ammo puts citizens in a place where the exercise of the Second Amendment is limited due to the inability to get ammunition.
He painted a dire scenario where the government reduces ammunition production “and, on the other hand, [soaks] up the supply of it.”
A usaspending.gov search lists the IRS’s ammunition purchases, which occurred over a period of months in increments ranging from $3,201 worth of ammo at one time to $92,000+ worth of ammo at one time.
The Western Journal reported “The IRS has been doing this for some time, according to a 2019 report from Forbes. The Forbes report stated that from 2009 to 2011, IRS agents “fired their guns accidentally more times than they did intentionally” and, in total, those agents accidentally discharged their weapons a total of 11 times during that period.
The Western Journal added “Additionally, the agency itself is only composed of a couple of thousand agents. Is Biden planning on stripping away your self-defense rights? The IRS’s own website states that CI ‘is comprised of nearly 3,500 employees worldwide.”
“There’s no way a few thousand agents need that much ammunition, especially considering that armed CI agents rarely discharge their weapons” added The Journal.
Gaetz speculated a terrifying scenario as the only explanation for the occurrence: “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.”