Skip to comments.ATF agents lost track of dozens of their own guns, reports show
Posted on 02/26/2014 5:13:59 AM PST by rellimpank
A Journal Sentinel investigation uncovered mistakes and failures in an undercover sting in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives stolen guns, sensitive documents lost, wrong people charged and a burglary of the sting storefront.
ATF agents have lost track of dozens of government-issued guns, after stashing them under the front seats in their cars, in glove compartments or simply leaving them on top of their vehicles and driving away, according to internal reports from the past five years obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Agents left their guns behind in bathroom stalls, at a hospital, outside a movie theater and on a plane, according to the records, obtained Tuesday by the news organization under the federal Freedom of Information Act.
In December 2009, two 6-year-old boys spotted an agent's loaded ATF Smith & Wesson .357 on a storm sewer grate in Bettendorf, Iowa. The agent lived nearby and later said he couldn't find his gun for days but didn't bother reporting it until it hit the local newspaper.
In Los Angeles in 2011, an agent went out to a bar drinking with other agents and friends, reportedly consuming four alcoholic beverages. The next morning he woke up and realized his ATF-issued Glock was gone. It was not found.
All of the agents' names are blacked out on the reports, which do not say if the agents were disciplined. It is clear that agency rules were not followed in many of the incidents, which show at least 49 guns were lost or stolen nationwide between 2009 and 2013.
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The “best and brightest” among us are not necessarily the best and brightest among us.
Let’s hope they’re not any better at tracking OUR guns.
This article actually provided me a small glimmer of hope for the future...
The Idiot Cousin Theory of Government
Anyone not capable of controlling his weapon should be disarmed!
And yet, there are people in jail right now because they didn’t keep the proper paperwork and the ATF railroaded them...
This isn’t ironic, it’s a homicidal level of infuriating.
Pretty old news but gets the point across about “gun control” and the lack there of.
But God forbid a Gun Shop didn’t dot an i or cross a t on some stupid unconstitutional form...
ATF boating accident too?
In December 2009, two 6-year-old boys spotted an neighbor`s loaded Smith & Wesson .357 on a storm sewer grate in Bettendorf, Iowa.
The neighbor lived next door and later said he couldn’t find his gun for days but didn’t .bother reporting it until it hit the local newspaper.
The neighbor received a $50,000 fine, his house was raided, his bank account seized, and he was sentenced to ten years in jail for leaving a loaded weapon where children could have access to it.
At some point, someone is going to have to do something about blatantly illegal “government” agencies like the BATFE.
Preferably something drastic and permanent.
ATF can’t keep track of its own guns...
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Maybe they are in Mexican drug cartel hands....