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Uncle Sam’s Auditors Carry Guns … But Why And By Whose Authority?

If you were to check the manifest of recent acquisitions made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s internal audit division, you would discover that the group is the proud owner of 85 shiny new .40-caliber submachine guns, locked and loaded.

You read that right. And the USDA is not alone. Criminal investigators with other government agencies, including the Small Business Administration and NASA, are also authorized to carry.

These agencies are authorized to arm themselves thanks to an obscure provision in the 2002 Homeland Security Act. The USDA has been packing heat since 1981. Twenty-five other federal agencies gained that ability in 2002 with passage of the aforementioned law. Among them is the Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), which in 2010 submitted a purchase order for 27 shotguns.

According to a 2012 report by the Department of Justice’s statistics wing, there were over 3,500 gun-wielding agents assigned to the various OIGs as of 2008, including 52 at NASA, 34 at the Small Business Administration, six at the National Science Foundation, and 28 at the Office of Personnel Management, the federal government’s human resources wing.
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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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