ATF Arms Civilians

ATF agents lost track of dozens of their own guns, reports show


From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

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.”

They won’t name the stupid agents, though.

All of the agents’ names are blacked out on the reports, which do not say if the agents were disciplined.”

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4 Responses to ATF Arms Civilians

  1. Roy Ryder says:

    People lose guns on occasion and there should be some consequences for LEOs that lose their firearms. However, there’s a difference between forgetting your small pistol in a bathroom and exporting a bunch of AR clones to Mexico to support a chosen drug cartel. I’d much rather hear about consequences for THAT.

  2. Frank in Texas says:

    In my 33 years in law enforcement I never lost my weapon. If you can’t keep track of the most important piece of your equipment then you are probably in the wrong profession. I do not equate these agents losing their service weapons with the gun walking committed by the ATF or BATFE or whatever pseudonym they are using. However, law enforcement officers who do lose their weapons through sheer stupidity should be penalized in some manner “pour encourager les autres”.

    • notamobster says:

      Agreed. If you’re too dumb to keep track of your weapon, you’re too dumb to be allowed to use one for your profession.

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