WASHINGTON – Federal authorities have launched a search for a “substantial” number of firearms and gun parts that they say were stolen from a government disposal facility, officials said Wednesday.
A security contractor assigned to the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives’ repository in Martinsburg, West Virginia has been charged in connection with the missing weapons and parts. A search of his vehicle earlier this month allegedly yielded a pistol that had been registered in the government’s archives of retired weapons in 2017.
Christopher Yates, a contract security guard for the ATF in West Virginia, has been charged with possession of a stolen firearm and theft of government property.
In an interview with ATF agents late last month, Yates also allegedly acknowledged transferring at least some of the stolen property to an unidentified person Maryland.
Well, ain’t that an embarrassment. At least we know nobody in ATF will be punished as SOP.
Langwell said the parts were likely sold to people who did not know they were stolen. She said the ATF first learned of the theft when a local law enforcement agency asked the ATF to trace a gun part it had recovered.
A gun part that could be traced? I’ll take “What is a confiscated silencer? for $200, Alex.”