An NBC Bay Area investigation into the loss and theft of police firearms uncovered more than 500 weapons have gone missing from eight different law enforcement agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and six local departments since 2010.
NBC Bay Area’s investigation uncovered hundreds of guns missing from Bay Area law enforcement agencies, stolen from officers’ homes or vehicles, or simply unaccounted for. The BLM, the agency responsible for the gun that killed Steinle, did not respond to NBC Bay Area’s open records requests submitted in July, shortly after the shooting, and the question of how many firearms that federal agency can’t account for remains open.
...In the Bay Area alone, six local law enforcement agencies can’t account
for at least 379 firearms since 2010 because of loss or theft. The
weapons unaccounted for include military grade assault rifles such as
AR-15s and M16s, sniper rifles, shotguns, a gas grenade launcher and
hundreds of handguns. The vast majority of those weapons have never been
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