It’s not quite at earplugs/rubber bullets level, but the press again shows it has absolutely no clue about firearms.
DES PLAINES, Ill. – Federal officials are investigating after two semi-automatic rifles given to the Des Plaines police department more than a decade ago were discovered missing.
The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports the agency that manages the Defense Department’s surplus property program referred the matter to its Office of the Inspector General.
Here’s the problem. Just below this snippet is this:
Des Plaines received a pair of M-16A1 rifles in 2002 through a Department of Defense program that supplies local law enforcement with surplus military equipment.
The M16A1 is not a semiautomatic rifle. It is a selective fire rifle, capable of either semiautomatic fire, or fully automatic fire. If the rifles in question are truly surplus military M16A1s, losing them is a big deal.
In the Army, if you lose a weapon (any weapon, not just automatic weapons) everything gets locked down. Nobody gets to leave, for as long as it takes. Your 4th amendment rights are… well, not ignored, but certainly constrained. Everything and everybody is getting searched. If it takes a month of lockdown, so be it.