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Shortages on ammunition have arisen as far back as 2008 in the United States, but the market usually rights itself.
Now there are questions regarding a new situation that has come to light regarding the availability of ammo, who is buying it up, and the cost/tax of ammo and guns themselves.
It seems that for some time the IRS has been buying up lots and lots of ammo.
Ammunition shortages in the retail market have been, for a few years, causing Americans to look at the causes of those shortages, and wonder who is buying up and hoarding the ammo.
Western Journal reports that according to a 2019 report from Forbes, the IRS had “4,487 guns and 5,062,006 rounds of ammunition in its weapons inventory,” including some “fully automatic… machine guns.”
A search of usaspending.gov showed numerous ammunition purchases made by the IRS over the past few years, ranging from purchases as low as $3,201 to those as high as $92,263, Western Journal states.
According to Forbes, 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.
So agents did not use ammo much at all.
Western Journal continues that the agency itself is only composed of a couple of thousand agents.
The IRS’s own website states that CI “is comprised of nearly 3,500 employees worldwide.”
It is highly improbable that a few thousand agents discharging their firearms extremely rarely would need anything close to that amount of ammo.
Yet even now, the IRS of the Biden Administration is escalating the buying of huge amounts of ammo.
Western Journal’s Michael Austin states:
“Biden doesn’t have the votes to fully strip your Second Amendment rights with his comprehensive gun control proposals.
All the President needs to do is ensure there’s no ammunition left for you to buy.
At that point, he’s effectively destroyed your rights without one vote being cast.”
Meanwhile, In New York, a bill to increase tax on ammunition by 1,0000% was introduced this spring.
And in the House, Rep. Donald Beyer, D-Va, is seeking to introduce a bill that would tax ‘assault weapons’ 1,000%.
Beyer told Insider in an article on Sunday, “What it’s intended to do is provide another creative pathway to actually make some sensible gun control happen. We think that a 1,000% fee on assault weapons is just the kind of restrictive measure that creates enough fiscal impact to qualify for reconciliation.”
Reconciliation is a tactic intended to bypass filibuster so Republican support is not needed.
Insider reported that the bill would only focus on ‘assault weapons’, such as AR-15’s but would not include a tax increase on bullets.
However, Insider continued, any high-capacity magazines that can carry more than 10 rounds of ammo would be “aggressively targeted.”
It seems Democrats are hitting Americans once again in the wallet in order to impose their agenda.
And, some are of the opinion that in addition to taxing guns out of the hands of Americans, another part of the Democratic initiative is to buy up the ammunition that makes the guns viable.
One of these people is Florida Representative Matt Gaetz.
On Saturday, Representative Gaetz told Breitbart that the government entity had spent $700,00 purchasing ammo “between March and June 1.”
According to Gaetz, there is one frightening explanation for why Biden’s IRS would make such a move.
They want to buy up all the ammo so there’s none left for you,” he told Breitbart.
“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 said, according to Breitbart.
Breitbart reported the story on Saturday:
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) told Breitbart News Saturday the IRS spent approximately $700,000 “between March and June 1” purchasing ammunition.
Gaetz described the ammunition acquisition as “bizarre.”
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.
It’s time to call for some accountability in terms of government initiatives regarding American citizens’ rights relating to the Second Amendment.