“Three masked men stunned downtown Frederick the afternoon of Feb. 5 when they made off with more than $190,000 worth of watches from Colonial Jewelers in a 50-second armed heist,” fredericknewspost.com reports. “Alonzo Lee Meadows, 31, was arrested the next morning in Washington, D.C., leading to a second stunning revelation. At a bond hearing Feb. 11 after his extradition from D.C., Assistant State’s Attorney Kirsten Brown revealed that police searching Meadows’ girlfriend’s home found a U.S. Marshal’s AR-15 rifle along with five loaded magazines under his side of the bed.” Which led the paper to wonder how many other firearms have gone walkies . . .
Between 2007 and 2012, seven U.S. Marshals rifles have been reported missing or stolen, according to the agency’s response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Frederick News-Post.
Of the 42 total weapons reported missing, 29 were listed as stolen and 12 listed as lost in the agency’s response. One additional weapon did not have a classification for type of case, but a police report indicates the deputy U.S. Marshal’s truck was broken into.
Given the recent news about the U.S. Park Police’s lax firearms security and inventory and various media reports about various cops leaving guns here and there a simple lesson emerges: civilians can’t be trusted with firearms. Wait. That’s not it. Let’s ask the U.S. Marshal Service for the real meaning of the missing mohaskas.
Dave Oney, a spokesman for the agency, said this week it presents a problem any time a law enforcement officer’s weapon is lost or stolen and is considered a public safety issue.
“The USMS has policies in place to guard against loss and theft, though, as you know, things do happen,” he wrote in response to questions asked by the News-Post.
Keep that quote in mind should one of your weapons disappear into a black hole. See how far that gets you.