Homeland Security Agents Keep Losing Their Guns

Nearly 300 went missing from 2005 to 2008
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2010 4:26 PM CST
This 2006 file photo shows confiscated weapons.   (AP Photo/Mark Stehle, File)

(Newser) – Homeland Security agents lose a surprising number of firearms every year, mostly in negligent, preventable incidents, an internal report says. DHS agents lost 289 guns between 2005 and 2008. Common examples include agents leaving weapons in bowling alleys and the restrooms of fast-food restaurants, on car bumpers, truck beds, or even unlocked closets at home.

"The Department of Homeland Security, through its components, did not adequately safeguard and control its firearms," wrote DHS Inspector General Richard Skinner. He concluded that only 1 in 4 guns were lost over circumstances outside of the officers' control, the Washington Post reports.
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