Interior IG report: The Park Police have lost track of thousands of guns

posted at 12:41 pm on June 28, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

In yet another tedious sign of administrative incompetence, negligence, and/or straight-up misconduct in our too-large federal bureaucracy, a new report from the Department of Interior Inspector General points to consistent and serious mismanagement of the U.S. Park Police’s firearms inventory over at least the last several years. The damning report found that the Park Police, tasked with upholding law and order around many of our country’s parks and monuments, are missing information on more than 1,400 firearms from their official inventory:

An anonymous complaint led the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to investigate the management and supervision of the U.S. Park Police (USPP) firearms program. Simultaneous, unannounced inspections of unassigned weapons at USPP facilities revealed that USPP could not account for Government-issued military-style rifles. It also showed that its weapons inventory was incomplete. Incomplete weapons inventories undermine USPP accountability for all of its weapons, and allow for the possibility that weapons that cannot be located and may not be in safe keeping.

During our site visits and subsequent interviews with key USPP firearms program personnel, OIG identified systemic internal control weaknesses. Our review revealed that USPP had no proper accounting for hundreds of weapons. We discovered hundreds of handguns, rifles, and shotguns not accounted for on the official USPP inventory. As recently as April 2013, two automatic rifles were discovered during a firearms search for which USPP had no prior knowledge.

We also found that individuals appointed to oversee the program, including senior command officers, gave only minimal supervision to officers and other program staff who had access to unassigned weapons. This report, following our earlier reviews in 2008 and 2009, underscores a theme of inaction and indifference by USPP leadership and a lackadaisical attitude toward firearms management. We provided 10 recommendations to improve firearms management and accountability throughout USPP.

The gist of the report isn’t that the IG thinks that the missing firearms actually are in criminal hands, but that they very readily could be, and the Park Police would have no idea about it and no recourse for figuring it out. “We found that staff at all levels — from firearms program managers to their employees — had no clear idea of how many weapons they maintained due to incomplete and poorly managed inventory controls,” the report reads. “We initially set out to determine if USPP could account for all military-style weapons in its inventory, whether USPP had intentionally concealed missing weapons, and whether officers used USPP weapons for their personal use. Our effort to definitively address the allegations were hindered by a failure of the USPP property and firearms custodians to provide a baseline inventory and accounting of firearms. We found credible evidence of conditions that would allow for theft and misuse of firearms, and the ability to conceal the fact if weapons were missing.”

Despite the IG having found similar problems back in 2009, nobody ever got around to actually fixing them; just add it to the pile of evidence of a bloated, inefficient bureaucracy enforcing rules and following procedures if and when they feel like it.


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Another gun running scheme from the DOJ?

Deano1952 on June 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM

“Fast and Furious” lives again!

whatcat on June 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM

1. Why do they possess military guns?

2. Why are IGs reactive and not proactive?

3. Guns were found in the homes of the park police.

4. Three years ago, when audited, …nothing was remedied.

5. Why do they need this arsenal?

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Maybe the government shouldn’t have guns if they can’t keep track of them.

Galt2009 on June 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM

First a comment: What else do you expect from government?

Question: How many people have been fired over this?

MoreLiberty on June 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Fast and Furry-ous?

blammm on June 28, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Fast and Furry-ous?

blammm on June 28, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Obama’s Guns for Gangsters 2.0

Galt2009 on June 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM

The federal government is so criminally incompetent that the only solution is to have more of it!

Can’t wait for the IRS to get ahold of my medical records and “inadvertently” publish them.

rbj on June 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Why doesn’t the USPP care about children? Does Jim Carrey now hate the Department of Interior? Shouldn’t the government spend more time tracking it’s own weapons and less time tracking me?

Flange on June 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM

In the military, soldiers/marines get court-martialed and their commanders loose command.

MoreLiberty on June 28, 2013 at 12:48 PM

It’s not that government’s too big. See, if the government owned EVERYthing, then they wouldn’t lose anything.

hawksruleva on June 28, 2013 at 12:49 PM

They’ve been giving them to their sleepers, keeping the sleepers on ritalin, and every once in a while an “incident” happens with a “military-style” weapon that makes the sheeple cry out for “gun-control”.

SailorMark on June 28, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Sounds like they need a gun registration data base. That way they’ll know where each gun is located and can take them away as desired.

a capella on June 28, 2013 at 12:49 PM

And weren’t these guns “registered”. That guarentees that nobody bad will ever get a hold of them.

SailorMark on June 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM

No worries. The Justice Department probably sent them off to friends in the Mexican cartels.

MTF on June 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM

‘Civil servants’ are neigher any more. It’s a double oxymoron.

Plus, many are as dumb as rocks. Some don’t read cursive.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Time for all government workers to be forced to register themselves and face a weekly public audit of all their actions. No government worker, on any level, should be allowed a moment of privacy in ANY aspect of their lives. They are all enemies of the people. Every dime a government worker touches or spends should be printed in the local papers. Their names, their family’s name and their address published. Every action printed. If you want to be a government worker you should be forced to submit as an actual SERVANT of the public. If you don’t want that then you have no business spying on me!!!

Flange on June 28, 2013 at 12:53 PM

All these IG’s should be nervous.

Curtiss on June 28, 2013 at 12:53 PM

The rats in the Congress, the double-dipping harlots on the dole, from all sides, are culpable. They don’t take their oversight duties seriously.

Pelosi enabled idiocies.

Boehner enables them too.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2013 at 12:56 PM

We found credible evidence of conditions that would allow for theft and misuse of firearms, and the ability to conceal the fact if weapons were missing.

Well, yeah. Those two things go hand in hand.

Curtiss on June 28, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Maybe the government shouldn’t have guns if they can’t keep track of them.

Galt2009 on June 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM

First a comment: What else do you expect from government?

Question: How many people have been fired over this?

MoreLiberty on June 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM

No, they shouldn’t, and no one will get fired over it, either. Such is our government. No accountability, no consequences.

scalleywag on June 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM

This sounds like a government f—up. What a rare occurrence!

MaiDee on June 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Corruption through and through. These were probably sold at gun shows.

SailorMark on June 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM

They’re just taking a cue from the White House Easter Egg Roll.

See all the kiddies in DC can have a Gun Roll!!

ToddPA on June 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM

5. Why do they need this arsenal?

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM

How else to expend all the ammo that Homeland Security has purchased?

Curtiss on June 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM

An attorney for the Interior Secretary released a statement that the Secretary will invoke his rights under the 5th Amendment if called to testify on this issue.

BobMbx on June 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Yogi and Booboo could not be reached for comment.

BobMbx on June 28, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Meanwhile, in ‘Fast & Furious – The Syrian Edition’…

‘Our Team’ In Syria Slaughters Catholic Priest Defending Nuns. Way To Go, Barry!!!

Resist We Much on June 28, 2013 at 1:03 PM

What we need are more laws on this subject. And another law to say we really mean it this time. And another requiring the government to enforce the law. And a new cabinet-level position able to grant waivers in the case enforcing the law is not required. And another withholding highway funds if the states do not let the Federal government dictate state laws. And timetables. And a new bureaucracy to oversee implementation. And a news conference. And it needs to be at least 1200 pages and voted on this coming Monday. And the Tea Party is racist.

Fenris on June 28, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Resist We Much on June 28, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Thank you for the link.

SailorMark on June 28, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Law-abiding citizens are more capable of owning firearms than our government. How often do you hear of a private citizen ‘misplacing’ his gun(s)?

Liam on June 28, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Galt2009 on June 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM

First a comment: What else do you expect from government?

Question: How many people have been fired over this?

MoreLiberty on June 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM

No, they shouldn’t, and no one will get fired over it, either. Such is our government. No accountability, no consequences.

scalleywag on June 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Yes, those are the wonders of Big Oppressive government – the larger it is, the less likely anyone will be held accountable when it screws up.

Hey, maybe we should double it’s size with half of it watching the other half – call it an “Accountability Surge”

[Disclaimer: The a fore mentioned Idea was ONLY meant as a humorous observation in light of current conditions. And in NO Way was meant to be a policy recommendation of any sort whatsoever]

Galt2009 on June 28, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Law-abiding citizens are more capable of owning firearms than our government. How often do you hear of a private citizen ‘misplacing’ his gun(s)?

Liam on June 28, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Well, there have been a rash of mysterious boating mishaps.

katy the mean old lady on June 28, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Interior IG report: The Park Police have lost track of thousands of guns

But, don’t worry! The government will, like, totally keep your confidential tax records, medical records, and financial information completely secure!

Sailor Mark, YW & hiya!

Resist We Much on June 28, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Ok I admit it now, I am for gun control…for the government!

Seriously if they cannot properly store, secure and use their firearms in a safe manner than they should not be allowed to own them. Maybe the NRA can help them out by teaching them proper gun safety.

William Eaton on June 28, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Law-abiding citizens are more capable of owning firearms than our government. How often do you hear of a private citizen ‘misplacing’ his gun(s)?

Liam on June 28, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Not yet, but just you wait until Schumer tries to Rahm through the precursor to Confiscation – Universal registration – and you’ll so hear of “Boating Accidents” all over the place.

Galt2009 on June 28, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Interior IG report: The Park Police have lost track of thousands of guns

But, don’t worry! The government will, like, totally keep your confidential tax records, medical records, and financial information completely secure!

Sailor Mark, YW & hiya!

Resist We Much on June 28, 2013 at 1:22 PM

C’mon! The IRS is doing a bang up job on that…

Galt2009 on June 28, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Magpul plans to give away 1,500 30-round ammunition magazines in Colorado on Saturday, just a couple days before the ban goes into effect. The magazines will be given away at a “Freedom Festival” on a first-come first-served basis

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/06/27/gun-manufacturers-big-act-of-defiance-ahead-of-new-magazine-ban-in-colorado/

davidk on June 28, 2013 at 1:40 PM

The gist of the report isn’t that the IG thinks that the missing firearms actually are in criminal hands, but that they very readily could be…

If firearms were found in the possession of park employees in violation of regs-then they already are in criminal hands.

questionmark on June 28, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Our Gubmint is in the very best of hands…

*snort*

workingclass artist on June 28, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Magpul plans to give away 1,500 30-round ammunition magazines in Colorado on Saturday, just a couple days before the ban goes into effect. The magazines will be given away at a “Freedom Festival” on a first-come first-served basis

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/06/27/gun-manufacturers-big-act-of-defiance-ahead-of-new-magazine-ban-in-colorado/

davidk on June 28, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Just as long as they don’t give them to the Parks department or the Moonshine, Cigarettes and Firesticks bureaucracy..

They’ll probably ‘walk’ them over to some gangsters and such.

Galt2009 on June 28, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Did they look in Mexico for them?

GWB on June 28, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Just as long as they don’t give them to the Parks department or the Moonshine, Cigarettes and Firesticks bureaucracy..

They’ll probably ‘walk’ them over to some gangsters and such.

Galt2009 on June 28, 2013 at 1:49 PM

That made me laugh…thank you

It is not just walk, they get robbed as well…see this story

ATF personnel could face discipline for flawed Milwaukee sting

The misconduct investigations are part of a wide-ranging series of steps taken by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after “Operation Fearless” in Milwaukee, where agents last year had their guns stolen, their storefront ripped off and made a host of other mistakes that were exposed by the Journal Sentinel.

Legendary!

William Eaton on June 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Odd. They want to keep track of OUR weapons, yet can’t keep track of their own.

Or is King Barry gun-running again?

GarandFan on June 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM

The Park Police…what a shocker.

JetBoy on June 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM

If a civilian gun dealer kept sales records that poorly, the ATF would shut him down and he’d be in federal prison.

John Edwards was right: There are two Americas.

Socratease on June 28, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Yeah, national gun control would work soooo well.

/sarc

Aitch748 on June 28, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Also I forgot to add the best part of the ATF story in Milwaukee…so that we can all remember this moment of a typical government run operation by the ATF:

Operation Fearless also was beset by a series of questionable practices as well as embarrassing and dangerous failures.

Agents recruited a brain-damaged man to promote the store and set up gun and drug deals, paying him in cash and cigarettes and then turning around and arresting him on federal counts. They allowed an armed felon who was threatening to shoot someone to leave the storefront without arresting him.

The storefront was ripped off of $40,000 in merchandise; agents lost a ballistic shield and left behind a document with the names of undercover agents, their vehicles, cellphone numbers and signals used in law enforcement operations when they moved out; they arrested at least four of the wrong people; and agents failed to pay the landlord for damage. They also grew marijuana as a “prop” in the store.

Before the storefront, the same agents ran a cigarette sting on Milwaukee’s south side, where two cases of cigarettes, worth $10,000, were stolen.

Also they had a fully operational machine gun stolen because they left it in the open in a car on a city street, no not an “assault weapon” (aka scary looking semiautomatic rifle), but a real deal machine gun.

This is a comedy made for the movie screen….

William Eaton on June 28, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Arming the Park rebels?

ghostwalker1 on June 28, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Ok I admit it now, I am for gun control…for the government!

Seriously if they cannot properly store, secure and use their firearms in a safe manner than they should not be allowed to own them.

Silly Conservative. Don’t you know that the 2nd Amendment was written to keep the government from disarming itself? Just ask Sarah Brady.

Socratease on June 28, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Odd. They want to keep track of OUR weapons, yet can’t keep track of their own.

Or is King Barry gun-running again?

GarandFan on June 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Actually, this falls into the “not that unlikely” category. Rather like the line from Independence Day, re “Dreamland”;

“How did they pay for all this?”

“C’mon, you didn’t really believe the government paid $2000 apiece for toilet seats, did you?”

“Incompetence” can be a handy excuse when you’re up to something you shouldn’t be doing. Or when somebody up your chain of command is up to something they shouldn’t be doing.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 28, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Corruption through and through. These were probably sold at gun shows.

SailorMark on June 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM

One thing’s for sure…they simply didn’t “disappear”.

Someone somewhere is or will benefit off of these weapons, either for $, for political ideology or maybe both.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 28, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Yogi Bear has them…

http://www.lirodesigns.com/cod/images/yogi_gun.jpg

albill on June 28, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Best guess where they are is to go find the former workers who kind of forgot to give back the firearm after they quit work…

albill on June 28, 2013 at 3:29 PM

“How did they pay for all this?”

Thats a trick question.

They didn’t pay for it. We did.

BobMbx on June 28, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Since it’s a givernment run program, you would think they would have ballistic records on all their weapons. Let’s find out the ballistics for the missing guns and search a nationwide data bank to see if we get any matches. My guess is that you will find at least one. One person too many.

djaymick on June 28, 2013 at 4:07 PM

More DAMN government hypocrisy and double standards.

If I lost my god-damn machinegun, the damn ATF would be up my BUTT CRACK.

This is completely outrageous. People should be charged with criminal offenses for failure to do their jobs.

Because; If I had failed to report the loss or theft of my 1000 firearms, the ATF would go after me. If its good enough for ME, it’s good enough for these people as well.

Either enforce the law equally as the Constitution requires, or do not enforce it for anyone.

TX-96 on June 28, 2013 at 4:08 PM

As recently as April 2013, two automatic rifles were discovered during a firearms search for which USPP had no prior knowledge.

Not semi-auto. 1)Isn’t fully auto illegal? (Or is that rule just for the peasants?) 2)WTF does Parks & Rec need a machine gun? (Unless it’s Ron Swanson)

mdenis39 on June 28, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I shall miss this place!

Ha! You mean law enforcement people aren’t expected to have guns for sale and to give away as they please?

Next you will be telling me that funeral directors aren’t expected to have gold and jewelry to sell.

IlikedAUH2O on June 28, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Gee, if the ATF wasn’t so busy trafficking arms to the Mexican Cartels, perhaps they could spend a day or two auditing the gun-lockers of the various Federal agencies who seem to be armed to the teeth, but can’t find their butts with both hands.
Not to say that the ATF has such a stellar record of weapons retention – didn’t they lose a couple machine-guns a year or two back?

Another Drew on June 28, 2013 at 5:31 PM

We need strong gun control laws with mandatory fines and prison sentences for guns under executive branch control.

RJL on June 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Check with the Mexican drug cartels, or al queda.

LOL they can’t even keep track of their own guns but they want to take mine to keep me safe?

Oxymoron on June 28, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Any reports on how many tens of millions of rounds they lost with these guns?

Clearly DHS will need to order replacement rounds PRONTO!

Freddy on June 28, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Canada just had a flood and the Mounties went into homes and grabbed all the guns they could carry off.

Cops are just magnets for guns and ammo.

IlikedAUH2O on June 29, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Let’s look at the real experts regarding weapons in this country, shall we?

I give you the BATF and Kelllllvennnnnn Crenshaw:

Total Moron

justltl on June 29, 2013 at 11:21 AM