165 DHS Guns Lost or Stolen Since 2012 – But They Lost Something Else that Imposes a National Security Risk
As the Obama administration seeks to unconstitutionally impose more gun control measures against the American people, it seems as if his own administration could use real gun control. Since 2012, the Department of Homeland Security has lost or reported stolen 165 guns. Yet, there's even more that was reported lost or stolen that present serious national security issues.
The Complete Colorado reports:
Of the 165 lost and stolen firearms on the inventory, just under half were under the responsibility of CBP [Customs and Border Protection], with most of the remainder responsible to ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement], except for a small handful lost by employees of the Transportation Security Administration. 31 of the total firearms were classified as lost, and all but two of the rest were listed as stolen.
The true accounting of the number of lost versus stolen firearms may be inaccurate, however, as the government has previously indicated that law enforcement officers tend to report lost firearms as stolen "due to a common perception among officers that reporting a stolen firearm was more acceptable than reporting a lost firearm."
The firearm tally may represent an improvement in the number of lost weapons per year by DHS. A 2010 report by the DHS Inspector General totaled 289 lost firearms for a nearly similar comparison period of three full fiscal years. That audit claimed DHS had over 188,000 firearms issued over eight component agencies, meaning the 165 lost firearms roughly represents losses of less than one-tenth of a single percent.
As I've previously reported, stolen arms from federal agents have been used in several murders, including the murder of Kathryn Steinle by an illegal alien in San Francisco in 2015 that made national news.
The Obama administration has vowed to make gun control its focus this year, but they don't seem too concerned with controlling guns among their own employees in unconstitutional agencies, do they?
However, it isn't just guns that the Complete Colorado reported on.
Homeland Security also reported 1,300 badges and other credentials as lost or stolen. These items could spell out a serious national security issue.
Michael Brown, former Undersecretary of Homeland Security and Director of FEMA told Complete Colorado that the national security risk that the loss of these items posed, warranted an investigation by the DHS inspector general.