United States military weapons are being stolen or lost, and some are resurfacing as part of violent crimes. An Associated Press investigation over 10 years reveals security failures that were not publicly reported until now.
By Kristin M. Hall, James Laporta, Justin Pritchard, and Justin Myers
In the first public accounting of its kind in decades, an Associated Press investigation has found that at least 1,900 United States military firearms were lost or stolen during the 2010s, with some resurfacing in violent crimes. And that’s certainly an undercount.
Government records covering the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force show pistols, machine guns, shotguns, and automatic assault rifles have vanished from armories, supply warehouses, Navy warships, and elsewhere.
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