In preparation for next week’s move to The Lone Star State, my FFL and I carefully re-inventoried my firearms. Description, pictures, serial numbers. Paper and flash drive copies. Given the civilian disarmament movement’s willingness to blame legal gun owners for crimes committed with stolen guns, not to mention insurance considerations, it’s a no-brainer. All of which means the U.S. Park Service is utterly brain dead when it comes to guns. Click here to read a scathing report on the Agency’s firearms storage and accounting system—or lack thereof—by the inspector general’s office of the Department of Interior. You gotta love some of those chapter titles . . .
– No Effective Inventory Program
– Limited Supervision by Management
– Failure to Fully Reconcile Unaccounted-for or Missing Weapons
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? I’m thinking huh, I wonder how many of those weapons gone walkies were “assault rifles”? You know, full-auto rifles. First a survey . . .
Section 9.1 of National Park Service (NPS) Handbook 44 limits firearm acquisition to the minimum necessary for an effective law enforcement program. During our reviews of USPP field office armories, however, we discovered more than 1,400 extra weapons. These included 477 military-style automatic and semiautomatic rifles. The USPP has a force of approximately 640 sworn officers. We also discovered a number of weapons that, according to USPP officials, fulfill no operational need.
Next time someone asks you why Americans should be “allowed” to own “military-style weapons of war” tell them “there is no requirement to show operational need.”
Sadly, the IG’s report doesn’t provide a full inventory of the un-inventoried and MIA firearms. But the report makes mention of at least two full-auto rifles and clear evidence of the aforementioned weapons’ inapplicability.
During our review, we were told of numerous weapons that had limited or no USPP operational use. These weapons included 20 M1 Garand rifles and 4 Thompson submachine guns (informally known as Tommy guns).
Our review revealed that USPP had no proper accounting for hundreds of weapons. For example, as recently as April 2013, the Force Firearms Custodian reported two automatic rifles discovered during a firearms search at the USPP Aviation Unit, part of the Anacostia Operations Facility . . .
For those of you keeping score, the IG found more than 1,400 “extra” and “unassigned” weapons that were supposed to be destroyed. In addition, they discovered 198 handguns transferred from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires) into an “operations facility firearms room”—without being recorded in an inventory system. Here’s the money shot on that one:
The custodian took no steps to record the handguns transferred from ATF on any inventory system because he had decided to destroy the weapons. Deputy Chief Chapman said that he knew the custodian had obtained the guns but did not know that he had decided to destroy them. Describing weapons obtained from other agencies, the custodian observed: “If somebody’s giving us something for free, we’ll take it. And if I don’t need it, I’ll destroy it,” contrary to section 9.1 of NPS Handbook 44.
And there you have it, save the fact that several members of the U.S. Park Police were “storing” guns at home. And former Chief Robert Langston somehow ended-up with a Park Service firearm in his possession post-retirement.
Oh, and remember: civilians are not responsible enough to own semi-automatic modern sporting rifles or, God forbid, fully-automatic modern sporting rifles. But the government is. Except that it isn’t.