Jun. 24, 2014 11:02am Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and other House Republicans are proposing steps to take heavy weaponry out of the hands of federal agencies like the U.S. Department of Agriculture, whose Office of Inspector General has put out a bid to buy submachine guns.
Stewart’s Regulatory Agency De-militarization Act looks to scale back a 2002 law that gave most Offices of Inspector General the authority to carry weapons and arrest people. But Stewart said that is prompting agencies to develop “SWAT-like” teams to handle situations that should be reserved for law enforcement agencies.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General has put in an order for submachine guns. That has Republicans looking to demilitarize the government. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)
Stewart noted that last May, USDA’s OIG put out a bid to buy submachine guns. The solicitation…
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