Quote of the Day: We Hate When We Lose Hundreds of Guns Edition


“I’m always concerned when we have about 300 guns that are unaccounted for. We’re doing our best to ensure that the situation doesn’t occur again in the future.” – San Jose deputy police chief Phan Ngo in Unaccounted For: Hundreds of Guns Lost or Stolen From Bay Area Police Agencies Since 2010 [at nbcbayarea.com]


  1. avatar rc says:

    Take heart…at least they are most certainly not the hands of law-abiding citizens.

    1. avatar fiun dagner says:

      Know. Most likely there in the hands of law enforcing citizens. Speaking from experience go knock on these cops doors and see what they’ve got in their bedroom closet

  2. avatar dh34 says:

    I love the civil servant attitude…

    If a law abiding citizen has a firearm stolen, it’s “how could you be so careless and irresponsible…?”

    When a government agency “loses” a weapon purchased with the taxpayer’s money, through internal or external theft or negligence, it’s … “These things happen…” We’ll do a thorough investigation but no one will get bad paper, fired or charged.

  3. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Ten 40mm grenade launchers from San Jose P.D. alone.
    If this were a sporting goods store or an FFL, they would be shut down and be facing federal indictments.

  4. avatar dh34 says:

    Sir, Rep Yee is here again, he’s asking to borrow a few more SAWs and M4s. He said no need to sign for anything.

    1. avatar JohnO_inTX says:


      1. avatar california richard says:

        Ah good old leland yee and shrimp boy…. Maybe the acting chief is in on the fix too.

  5. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    A marked lack of transparency from the people that are supposed to be “better than us at handling firearms.”

    1. avatar mark s. says:

      Open your printer app and print this story and put it in your gun cabinet . If there is ever a time when you have to hide your guns from the grabbers , hide them of coarse and leave only this copy of this article in your gun vault .
      Then just shrug your shoulders and say , sorry , me too .

  6. avatar PeterK says:

    Yes. I can imagine that over 5 years of some amount of negligence many things have gone missing. SIGH.

  7. avatar derfel cadarn says:

    These are the “professionals” that all the law enforcement backers want armed. These jokers should not be trusted with sporks. If your firearms “disappeared” where would your @$$ be ?

  8. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    300 you say, better check Sparta first.

    1. avatar Accur81 says:

      You want my 300 guns?! Come and take them from my cold dead hands…er, wait a minute…where did I put my gun collection again?

      1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

        I was really playing with the number. Just imagine 300 well trained and armed individuals holding off the largest military force in the land for a few days…then add to their arsenal a few 40 mm launchers and numerous missing toys from the SJPD. ?

  9. avatar Jiz says:

    Well… “doing our best” just isn’t good enough. Have your resignation on my desk in the morning.
    The people of San Jose

  10. avatar The Trouble with Timbo says:

    Did they check their boat for the weapons?

  11. avatar Removed_californian says:

    There is a reason I am the Removed californian…

    With regards to the article none of this surprises me in the slightest. I just wish there were actual consequences for individuals who cannot account for weapons paid by the citizens… Especially nfa items that normal people are barred from owning back home ie the m16s and launchers…

  12. avatar TRP says:

    Wait for me Removed Californian!!!

  13. avatar Sammy says:

    ““I’m always concerned when we have about 300 guns that are unaccounted for.”

    Always concerned? How often does this happen? Who’s going to be held accountable for this or will they blame the NRA?

  14. avatar Sian says:

    As an FFL, if we came up 300 guns short, the ATF would set up a field office inside my colon.

    Why does SJPD get a pass on this like, oh, this just happens.

    1. avatar FedUp says:

      If you had 300 paperwork violations that resulted in your being unable to even say where 300 guns were, I’m pretty sure you’d be doing serious time in Club Fed.

      But, if you are a police chief, in charge of hundreds of badge toting felons, it’s no big deal when your employees steal 300 guns and you can’t account for them. (I assume nobody believes the number of San Jose officers who committed on the job felonies in the past year is less than 100, so I stand by my ‘hundreds of felons’ claim)

      1. avatar Roymond says:

        Well, they’ve got hundreds of cops, so over those five years there were probably about a million unprosecuted felonies.

  15. avatar William Ashbless says:

    Yet, nowhere is it mentioned that their will be any arrests or prosecutions based on this ‘lost’ and or stolen taxpayer property.

  16. avatar iowaclass says:

    They buried the lede: ONE MILLIION stolen firearms in five years. People, get a dang safe and lock up your guns when you’re away, okay?

    When your gun gets burglarized out of your sock drawer or your car’s glovebox, that becomes everybody else’s problem, too.

    1. avatar Dustin says:

      But you’re supposed to lock it in your car when you go places, because gun free zones!

      Dur, they’re setting it up…

  17. avatar Southern Cross says:

    Who watches the watchmen?

    These are the supposed “highly trained professionals”?

    More like bureaucrats who have been issued with firearms.

    The missing guns are probably in the hands of “urban entrepreneurs” and the democrats’ “community level wealth redistributors”.

  18. avatar Glut says:

    “We are ensuring this doesn’t happen in the future by warning our officers that taking guns home for their collection will be punished the next time it happens, of course we can’t punish people today because that might hurt some feelings since the officers might feel they weren’t adequately warned of the consequences for such actions”

    What a club…

  19. avatar Dustin says:

    “I’m always concerned when we have about 300 guns that are unaccounted for.


    How many times has this happened, that this “man” has developed such consistent feelings about it?

  20. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Late to the comment party-ya’ took my Yee comment!

  21. avatar Paelorian says:

    “An illegal police-grade gun is in public hands!” I completely do not care. The hand-wringing about illegal guns is for advocates of public disarmament. Everyone should have easy access to firearms. Theft is wrong, but other than that there’s nothing wrong with guns like these in public hands. If people choose to disobey evil and illegal unconstitutional laws in order to commit the moral act of being armed to protect themselves and others, it doesn’t bother me at all. I only hope they don’t get treated like a murderer and locked up for years on a mandatory sentence instituted by Bloomberg.

    1. avatar Roymond says:

      Yep. Every time a police department gets new guns, the old ones should be offered free, with training, to people from the precinct’s heaviest crime area.

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