So if you ever wondered where “crime guns” come from…

This news story suggests the chain of custody is circular. The government steals’em from criminals or “criminals.” Then somebody steals’em from the government and sells’em to genuine criminals, since the rest of us wouldn’t dare touch’em. Then the government ends up with’em again…

ATF Caught w/ Pants Down, Scrambling to Find Thousands of Firearms Stolen from Facility

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) found itself in hot water last week when an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed that thousands of firearms and firearm parts had been stolen from an ATF gun-destruction facility in West Virginia.

According to the report, a contract security guard at the facility has been stealing federal property since 2016, including automatic rifles, semi-automatic handguns, Glock slides, magazines, and scopes. The ATF is being cagey about how many firearms the guard stole, but his plea agreement indicates that he nabbed at least 3,000 Glock slides, over 4,000 firearm parts, fifteen rifles, eighty handguns, and nine NFA Class III firearms.


h/t to Mutti

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3 Responses to So if you ever wondered where “crime guns” come from…

  1. Jonathan says:

    I bet that if any of these guns turn up in crime scenes, the ATF/ FBI/ Federal etc will have “no idea” where the gun came from, or it will trace to the last owner prior to the ATF.

  2. M says:

    How awkward that would be. Especially the ones that were “destroyed”, but later stolen…

    “It’s unclear how he smuggled the weapons out of the facility or why some of the firearms were falsely listed as being destroyed.”

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