Report: IRS gun procedures could use an update

Still, the report also found that IRS firearm requirements for special agents were generally at least as good – if not better – than other federal agencies. 

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Special agents in the IRS criminal investigation division can be called upon to arrest those accused of violating tax laws, or to deliver search warrants.

Under agency guidelines, special agents have to score at least 75 percent on training tests twice a year, and need to attend training on any special situations they might encounter. 

But the report also found that IRS regulations on what to do when an agent fell short of requirements was vague. 

It also said that incidents when an agent used their gun weren’t always reported, and that agency procedures on how to get an agent to hand over their gun were also insufficient. 

The report suggested that the IRS manual clear up any ambiguities about handgun requirements, including over when a special agent has met their requirements and the consequences if they fall short.

Responding to the audit, Richard Weber, the criminal investigation chief, stressed the findings that IRS protocol was at least on par with other agencies.

“I want to assure you that although CI’s firearms and qualification requirements meet or exceed other federal agencies, the suggestions and recommendations in your report will be used to further improve and clarify our firearms training and qualification policies,” Weber wrote.