Homeland Security Officers Lost Hundreds of Weapons

gunBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — We expect the Department of Homeland Security to protect us from the evil-doers of the world — not to provide them with guns.

But an inspector general report released this week found that the Homeland Security agencies that protect our border, our airports and our president lost 289 guns in fiscal 2006 to 2008. Some were left in public bathrooms, unlocked cars and even a bowling alley and ended up in the hands of “felons, gang members, criminals, drug users and teenagers” on at least 15 occasions.

“Although lost firearms account for a minor percentage of DHS’ total firearm inventory, they pose serious risk to civilians and noncivilians alike,” said the report by DHS Inspector General Richard L. Skinner, which recommended a number of improvements to address the issue.

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