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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Sheriff's Department arming the underworld

War on Guns has already covered the theft of shotguns and AR-15s from Contra Costa Sheriff's Department cars (does that mean that "patrol rifles" instantly transformed into "assault weapons"?).

I just have a couple observations to make, gleaned from this article. The first is this beautiful bit of bureaucratese uttered by BATFE spokesthuggette (what--that's not a word?) Nina Delgadillo.

"It's disturbing ... when you're talking about someone stealing (weapons) from a law enforcement agency," said Nina Delgadillo, a special agent with the San Francisco Bay Area division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "Once a weapon is stolen, it has a degree of anonymity that makes it difficult for us to trace."
Two things: 1) a stolen weapon doesn't have "a degree of anonymity that makes it difficult to trace"--it's gone; and 2) notice that her biggest worry is that the feds can no longer keep track of the guns--interesting priorities, eh?

I also noticed this:
The weapons reported stolen, particularly the rifles, could be valuable in the illegal arms market because of state assault weapon restrictions implemented at the beginning of the decade, said Brian Rodgers, general manager of the Antioch Armory gun shop.
What--you mean prohibition fosters black market demand? Who would have guessed? Who could have imagined that the laws that make California the Brady Bunch's highest rated state would provide a lucrative incentive for crime?


Anonymous said...

FEAR NOT Kurt. These guns are on their way to mexico. Right?

Ya know, now that I think of it, I wonder ow many of the "stolen" fed guns are on that same underground railroad.

How would a gun stolen have anonymity ? They have numbers, that can still be decoded if removed by file, down to a certain depth thanks to the nature of metals. The feds haven't ever been able to keep track of guns, look at their registry.

Disband the atfu, Decriminalize all guns, Demand honesty from government.

The_Chef said...

Where could one get their hands on one of these less than legal patrol rifles?

Might this be a new method for the public to arm itself? Simply lift the weapons from the cops?

Fred Fry said...

You think that is bad, try this recent theft:

Danish military base robbed of weapons

By Olafur Olafsson on Jan 9, 2009 in Denmark, General, MBL

In a first for the Nordic nation, a cache of weapons and ammunition was stolen from a Danish army base in Zealand by three armed men. The incident happened at a military base near the southern town of Slagelse – the guardhouse of which was being guarded by three soldiers.

Three men armed with guns stormed the guardhouse at the military base and forced one of the guards to open the weapons storeroom. The other two guards were asleep at the time. The gunmen then made off with a significant haul of weapons and ammunition, including numerous semi-automatic pistols and automatic rifles.

According to the Copenhagen Post, many of the weapons stolen were about to be sent to Afghanistan, a fact which was confirmed by Colonel Michael Bundesgaard. The guard who witnessed the theft reported that the men spent nearly 30 minutes in the storeroom choosing what to take.

This is the first time in the history of Denmark that someone has stolen weapons from a military base. Police have not released the names of any suspects yet, but believe criminal gangs may have been responsible.

A witness reported seeing an Audi with German number plates at the time of the robbery.