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Police: Losing weapons that turn up in later crimes

Agencies are answering for dozens of missing police guns, at least one of which has been found following a homicide. It's a mistake for the police to leave their weapons in places where they can be stolen. When they are, it leaves others vulnerable to weapons crimes.

Sometimes, people who use these guns get away, because the gun owner is the only person registered. That person's fingerprints may be the only ones on the weapon if the person who used it last was careful. This leads to further issues, of course, including wrongful accusations of being involved in violent acts.

Take for example one case where a police officer left his weapon in his vehicle. Someone took it, and it later showed up at the crime scene of an aggravated assault as a piece of evidence. The weapon was traced back to the police officer, not the person who committed the crime. This is part of the problem with leaving dangerous weapons in unlocked vehicles, police cruisers or other easily accessible areas.

Stolen weapons are a problem. They could lead to you facing charges for a crime you didn't even know occurred. If you are arrested and accused of a weapons crimes despite having lost your weapon in the past, it's important to reach out to someone who knows the law. In the meantime, if you have lost a weapon, it's always vital to report the missing weapon to the police. That way, it's easier to prove your innocence if it later turns up at the scene of a crime.

Source: News Channel 11, "Agencies answer for dozens of missing police guns," Nate Morabito, Nov. 02, 2017

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