14" Barrel 12 Gauge Pump Action Shotguns for the IRS
14" Barrel 12 Gauge Pump Action Shotguns for the IRS

I have made the joke before; if you read the letters The IRS it spells THEIRS. It seems they want to make sure now that it’s theirs.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intends to purchase sixty Remington Model 870 Police RAMAC #24587 12 gauge pump-action shotguns for the Criminal Investigation Division. Once a month or so I check on a website called www.fedbizzops.gov for Small Business Opportunities to pull some money out of the Federal Government as they are the only ones these days that are still spending money.

To my surprise (or is it?) this time I ran into an opportunity to supply shotguns to the IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division. Actually the location is specified as Field Operations Branch Western, which would assume there are probably a bunch of other branches with their own stack of weaponry.

So the next logical question would be, why for heaven’s sake would the Criminal Investigation Division of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service need 12-gauge pump-action shotguns?
Let’s see this could be to shoot tax criminals perhaps? Well no… because criminal violations of the tax code are handled by the Justice Department according to my latest information. I checked just to make sure things hadn’t changed recently and building security is taken care of by the Federal Protective Service.

The public solicitation on the website is directed towards small businesses that are approved to submit bids before tomorrow February 10, 2010’s deadline and it specifies Remington parkerized shotguns, with fourteen inch barrel, modified choke, Wilson Combat Ghost Ring rear sight and XS4 Contour Bead front sight, Knoxx Reduced Recoil Adjustable Stock and Speedfeed ribbed black forend.

The page further clarifies that the shotguns are designated as the only shotguns authorized for IRS duty based on compatibility with IRS existing shotgun inventory, certified armorer and combat training and protocol, maintenance, and parts. Existing shotgun inventory??? What is this. The IRS is now another paramilitary group we don’t know about?

Does the IRS knows something about the Tea Party Movement that has escaped most of us?
Or maybe they have been notified of the angst, anger and anxiety that lives on Main Street as a result of the historic trillions in planned deficits and spending — to be taxed on just about everything and everybody.
Could it be that this is simply a defensive measure against the ire of the millions of Americans whose constitutional right to bank and invest offshore may be seriously criminalized by the White House. Or are we going to see illegal Rambo type incursions into foreign sovereign territories as IRS operatives rob bank vaults in search of documents and valuables that can indict Americans with offshore holdings?

Help me out here, I’m confused. Maybe my friends at the Nassau Indoor Gun Range can tell us something about the type and capabilities of this shotgun and what it is usually used for. Some clarity would be welcome before IRS enforcers are walking up to houses in this nation that are more heavily armed that an offshore destination’s entire military.

But all things considered, I wonder if 60 shotguns per branch will be sufficient for the IRS?

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