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The Philadelphia Police Department is missing one of its Vietnam-era M16 automatic
assaultrifles, and the weapon may have been stolen from its secure location, according to Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey.
“The biggest fear is it was stolen by one of our own members,” Ramsey said Monday during a news conference at Police Headquarters. “It is a federal offense.”
Thanks for the pep talk, coach. Glad to see we’re the prime suspects…
Maybe someone was simply using fuzzy math?
Last Tuesday, the Police Department conducted a regularly scheduled audit of the 1,356 M16s it received in 2009 from the federal government. The audit revealed one M16 was unaccounted for, Ramsey said.
Ramsey said either the weapon was taken or an inventory error could have miscounted how many M16s the department possessed. He said the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and police Internal Affairs were investigating. The department’s M16s are to be converted to semiautomatic AR-15s to be used by SWAT teams.
Naturally I’m snarking about this, but if almost 19 years here has taught me anything, one of these things happened. First, the audit came up with an incorrect count, and the weapon is still there. Or, some knucklehead was issued the weapon (or procured it) and either the armorer or the knucklehead forgot to sign it out.
Trust me, this weapon is either secured in a patrol car’s trunk, or the armory.