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    DoJ to count Fed's guns. Library of Congress had armed unit.

    Not only is the FBI armed. So too are members of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Postal Service (USPS), Railroad Retirement Board, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to the report. Until recently, even the Library of Congress employed an armed unit.

    From 2004 to 2008, the government added about 15,000 armed agents, the earlier Justice report found. During that time period, an additional eight agencies began employing armed units. That’s angered libertarian groups who question the need for some of those agencies to be armed. They argue the government is increasingly arming itself. “Hey, if you don’t bring that book back, we’re coming for you,” joked Larry Pratt, executive director of the conservative Gun Owners of America.

    Earlier this month, the office of inspector general for the U.S. Department of Agriculture said it would be acquiring submachine guns. That prompted Bob Owens to write on the Bearing Arms website that it was “part of a trend to arm every branch of federal government, whether the individual agency has a legitimate need for a paramilitary force or not.” Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) in a May 21 letter wrote USDA expressing concern about the purchase, and asking for more information. He said he was worried USDA was straying from its mission. USDA has said that officers with the USDA Office of Inspector General after often armed as they are investigating crimes including fraud, smuggling and theft of government property.

    How many are configured as SRT/SWAT or capable of Close Quarters Urban Battle by training and equipment?
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    I want more details on what armed means. I don't really see an issue with the Library of Congress arming a few people to act as armed security. This issue would be if these agencies are creating SWAT teams, why do they need those?

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