Reward offered for weapons stolen from FBI vehicle in North Carolina
The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to high-powered weapons stolen from a federal agent's vehicle in Charlotte.I wonder if that's a true M-16. If it is, then whoever took the weapon is going to regret choosing a life of crime, as that's a Fed level crime. I suspect that stealing firearms from an FBI agent isn't the best course of action, either, but having a non-transferable machine gun is a BIG no-no... I'm curious how they're planning on tracking this down - I wonder if they've got any leads, or if they're just going to run fingerprints/etc.
A Colt M-16 equipped with a Streamlight TRL-2 and a vertical forward hand grip Remington 870 shotgun with pistol grip were seized from an FBI vehicle between the evening hours of August 5 and the early morning hours of August 6, authorities said in a press release. The stolen items also included night-vision equipment and body armor.
Now, here's the thing. Here in Massachusetts, we're supposed to keep our firearms under lock and key whenever they are not in our direct possession. I suppose the two longarms could have been in a locked case, but I would imagine that - at the very least - you would be looking at having your permit revoked as an "unsuitable" person. Losing two guns because you left them in the trunk of your car wouldn't go over very well in most towns in MA.
Of course, everything is different when it's a police officer in question - even moreso with a Fed - so I'm certain that the agent won't face any repercussions. It's entirely possible that both firearms were in a secured case that was cut out with a blowtorch - or they could have been left in the back seat of an unlocked car. In fact, I'm pretty sure I posted a picture of a police car with the officer's "patrol rifle" sitting on the trunk, completely unattended in a blog post a year or two ago.
In any case, it's the criminal's fault entirely. Let's make that abundantly clear. It's just that the reaction from both law enforcement and the media is so radically different depending on who it is that has firearms stolen from them. When it's one of us, we're "careless" and "should know better"; when it's an LEO it's [cue crickets]. When it's a citizen whose guns are stolen, the police response ranges from "Yeah, we'll get right on that, right after the donut shop closes" to "I'm sorry you've been the victim of a crime. Your gun permit is now revoked". It shouldn't matter who the victim is - cop or not - but it does.
Remember, they're the only ones professional enough to have guns stolen out of their cars...
That is all.
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