“A supervisory park ranger at the immense desert park northeast of Los Angeles [the 1.6m acre Mojave National Preserve] bought nine Colt M-4 fully automatic rifles between 2008 and 2010, and 24 grenades some years later, according to a report from the inspector general’s office from the U.S. Department of the Interior.” The story, via sandiegouniontribune.com, “The purchases violated park service policy, which specifies semi-automatic rifles and requires prior approval for defensive equipment, although the policy doesn’t specifically mention flash-bang grenades.” We don’t know . . .
if the Ranger got off on a technicality (so to speak). He may or may not still work for the National Park Service despite the fact that
The supervisor “admitted to purchasing and distributing the automatic weapons despite knowing that they violated NPS policy; admitted telling rangers who received the automatic rifles not to display them to others; and admitted to, at a minimum, not making it clear to his supervisors that the automatic weapons needed to be converted to semi-automatics,” according to the report.
“He also provided inconsistent and implausible statements in his responses to our questions and caused us to doubt his overall truthfulness and candor,” the report said.
Ya think? That said, some bad sh*t goes down in the Mojave Desert. High Desert known for body dumping, sbsun.com reported back in ’13. Not that full auto guns offer any advantage to Park Rangers. But still. [h/t JB]