It seems when cops sell guns, they end up in the hands of criminals. At least that’s what a study by the Associated press claims. They can’t get the statistics from the police themselves so they’ve provided an anecdotal list of news reports that show where police guns were used in the commission of a crim.
A yearlong Associated Press analysis found more than a dozen firearms sold by law enforcement agencies in Washington state since 2010 later became evidence in new criminal investigations.
Identifying guns sold by law enforcement and matching them to new crimes required extensive research and dozens of public records requests to individual agencies.
Using those records, the AP created a database of almost 6,000 firearms sold by law enforcement since 2010. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives declined to release tracking information on guns associated with crimes, so the AP collected that information from individual agencies and compared it with its own database to find firearms with matching make, model, caliber and serial numbers.
Below are details about guns sold by law enforcement that were later picked up at crime scenes: