Today's award goes to an unnamed deputy sheriff in Davis County, Utah.
A Federal Audit was recently conducted, as per the terms to The Department of Defense Excess Property Program, and the Davis County Sheriff’s Office was missing an M-16 that they were given in 1998.
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According to KSL, [in 2006] a deputy checked one of the M16s out for training exercises with the county SWAT team ... According to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Office, “During the investigation, partially because there was a lack of paperwork and partially because of human error, the employee never heard about an investigation into a missing M-16 rifle. It wasn’t until he was reading in the newspapers that DCSO had a missing assault rifle that his memory was sparked, he went to his gun safe to check, then made the call to his superior.” The statement continued, “His employment never ceased and the gun was never on the streets being used for criminal purposes. He simply forgot it was there.”
The Sheriff’s office had no idea that this M-16 was missing until the 2013 federal audit.
There's more at the link.
So a deputy sheriff gets to keep a full-auto assault rifle in his safe for eight years, and nothing happens beyond an administrative slap on the wrist. Guess what would happen to you or I if we were found to have a US Government property full-auto assault rifle in our gun safe? What was that about "one law for the rich and another for the poor"?