Federal Homeland Security officers lost nearly 200 guns in bowling alleys, public restrooms, unlocked cars, and other unsecure areas, with some ending up in the hands of felons, says an inspector general’s report quoted by USA Today. The problem has prompted disciplinary actions and extra training.
Most of the misplaced weapons – including handguns, shotguns, and military rifles – were never found. “Most losses occurred because officers did not properly secure firearms,” says the Homeland Security inspector general report. At least 15 guns ended up in the hands of gang members, criminals, drug users and teenagers. The report documented 289 missing firearms from fiscal year 2006 through 2008. Some were lost in after Hurricane Katrina and others were stolen from safes. It was the first accounting of guns lost by Homeland Security’s 185,000 workers.