The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms lost 76 weapons and hundreds of laptops over five years, says a Justice Department inspector general’s audit reported the Associated Press. The report blamed carelessness and sloppy record-keeping. Thirty-five of the missing handguns, rifles, Tasers, and other weapons were stolen, as were 50 laptops. Two of the stolen weapons were used in crimes.
“It is especially troubling that that ATF’s rate of loss for weapons was nearly double that of the FBI and [Drug Enforcement Administration], and that ATF did not even know whether most of its lost, stolen, or missing laptop computers contained sensitive or classified information,” said the audit. In one instance, a gun was stolen from an ATF car parked outside the agent’s home and was used to shoot through the window of another residence. Another stolen ATF gun was taken from a burglary suspect.