How do criminals get guns? In too many cases they get them from cops. Exclusive: Hundreds of police-issued weapons missing from Bay Area, California agencies
California police lose guns at an astonishing rate.
- 944 Lost
- 717 “unaccounted for” (how is that different from “lost?”)
- 192 stolen
- 35 “misplaced” (again… is this different from “lost?”)
At least 1 submachine gun has been stolen.
Their guns have been stolen from behind car seats and glove boxes, swiped from gym bags, dresser drawers and under beds. They have been left on tailgates, car roofs and even atop a toilet paper dispenser in a car dealership’s bathroom. One officer forgot a high-powered assault rifle in the trunk of a taxi.
Fewer than 20% are ever recovered.