"We're the federal government," Mountain Pure's comptroller, Jerry Miller, says one pistol-packing fed told him. "We can do what we want, when we want, and there's nothing you can do about it."
FBI agents and U.S. Marshals understandably are well fortified, given their frequent run-ins with ruthless bad guys. However -- as my old friend and fellow columnist Quin Hillyer notes -- armed officers, if not Special Weapons and Tactics crews, populate these federal agencies: the National Park Service; the Postal Inspection Service; the Departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Labor, and Veterans Affairs; the Bureaus of Land Management and Indian Affairs, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Fish and Wildlife Service. Even Small Business Administration and Railroad Retirement Board staffers pack heat!