GAO Report Shows Large Firearms and Ammo Purchases by Federal Government


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Here’s what we learned today.

The GAO, or Governmental Accounting Office, released a report a few days ago on federal law enforcement. Specifically, the GAO released a report addressing the purchases and inventory controls of firearms, ammunition, and tactical equipment. This report by the GAO was prepared for Congress.

According to the report, the twenty federal law enforcement agencies reviewed by the GAO spent in the time period of 2010 through 2017, $38.8 million on firearms. And they spent $325 million on ammunition and over $1 billion on tactical equipment. This is a $1.5 billion bill that American taxpayers paid for, for 20 federal law enforcement agencies to have firearms and ammunition.

Included in this list of agencies was the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. So what’s interesting is it also included the Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, and the IRS was part of spending the $39 million in firearms and $325 million on the ammunition during this time period.

This is a heck of a lot of money, folks, and one wonders why all these firearms are needed by the federal government. But they’ve certainly spent quite a bit on it.

The other organizations, unbelievably, that have budgets for firearms included the Food and Drug Administration, the FDA, the National Institutes of Health, the Office of the Inspector General within the U.S. Department of Health and Human services, the ICE, which obviously makes some sense, and the National Protection and Programs Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Plus TSA and the Secret Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in addition to the National Park Service, the BATF which stands for Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives which is within the U.S. Department of Justice, and of course the FBI and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, plus the DEA and the U.S. Marshals Service.

So a lot of different agencies within the federal government spent a lot of money on firearms and on ammunition in the time period of 2010 through 2017.

And last but not least, we should mention that the U.S. Mint has 277 federal law enforcement officers working for it as of September 2017, while the IRS had nine. I should say the Internal Revenue Service police had nine, but the Internal Revenue Service had 2,159 law enforcement officers working for them. The U.S. Marshals Service had 3,659 law enforcement agents working for them, and the DEA had 4,506.

So a whole lot of folks are working as federal law enforcement in America today, and a lot of money is being spent on guns and ammunition by the federal government according to the GAO report from last week in December of 2018.

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