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State Patrol’s efforts to retrieve lost gun draw fire

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 23, 2011 at 6:49 pm with 5 Comments »
March 23, 2011 6:49 pm

Jeremy Pawlosky at our newsgathering partner, The Olympian, reports

An assault weapon belonging to the Washington State Patrol is missing, and state lawmakers are criticizing the patrol for its methods in trying to find the gun.

The controversy stems from a March 9 letter sent by the patrol to every licensed gun dealer in Washington requesting that they provide documents related to any sales of AR-15 semiautomatic rifles after July 2010 – including “names, date of births, addresses, phone numbers, date of transaction and serial number from the purchaser.”

Here’s the letter from the State Patrol and a letter that lawmakers led by Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, planned to send today to patrol Chief John Batiste.

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. UnbiasedReporter says:

    This story brings up some interesting questions:

    Since July 2010 – this I take it means the AR-15 was last inventoried then. Does the WSP keep these weapons in some kind of secure ‘arms room’? Does somebody have to sign out a weapon like this? Can anybody just ‘walk in’ and take a weapon? Seems pretty lax that a weapon can go missing for over 8 months without somebody knowing about it.

  2. gunnadoir says:

    The AR-15 is semiautomatic and is therefore not an assault weapon, which by definition must have a selective fire capability (semiautomatic/automatic).

  3. Being classified as an assault weapon has NOTHING to do with being automatic! In fact at least 99% of them are semi-auto.

  4. I’d like to see documentation of arms room inventories!

    Was this semi auto taken home in a squad car and stolen?
    Was it sold off as surplus and not accurately recorded?

    I have a neighbor who routinely parks Two squad cars in his driveway.
    Who know what’s in them.

  5. Proconsul8 says:

    So when a private owner of an AR-15 reports it missing, is it SOP for the State Patrol to similarly canvas all gun shops and sales records? I think not. This is fishing, not investigating.

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