So you’ve probably seen by now that the IRS has procured a bunch of tricked out Remington 870 shotguns for their Criminal Investigative Division. Reaction across the internet has ranged from “hey, that’s a cool gun” (because it is a pretty cool gun) to “whatinhell do they need those for” and then from our lunatic fringe the “OMFG the IRS is getting shotguns to shoot you in your sleep”.
I tend to fall into the “Hey, that’s a cool gun” department myself. The IRS CID is just another alphabet soup LE agency that in this case reports to the Department of the Treasury. They do have a pretty solid history though, as it was Treasury agents that brought down Al Capone and helped solve the Lindbergh kidnapping. I guess I don’t get the outrage over them getting these guns – while I don’t support the militarization of police, if an alphabet soup agency wants to get some super-trick shotguns for their agents and entry teams, who cares? If I were an IRS CID agent, I’d want a serious fighting shotgun too.