MSN - AP World MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. Mon, 27 Sep 2021 06:14:53 +0000 AP Investigation: US military guns used in crimes An Associated Press investigation has found that at least 1,900 U.S. military firearms were lost or stolen over the last decade. These weapons are intended for war -- but some have ended up on America’s streets. (June 15) 302556c75ef444f698e8157438816ae1 Tue, 15 Jun 2021 04:29:52 +0000 SHOTLIST: RESTRICTION SUMMARY: Part Must Credit Albany County District Attorney's Office; Part Must Credit James LaPorta ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVE: Fort Riley, Kansas - 9 January 2007 1. Various soldiersASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVE: Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti - 24 July 2017 2. Various troops in desertASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVE: Undisclosed locations, Eastern and Northeast Syria - 11 November 2019 3. Various US troopsASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVE: Fort Bragg, North Carolina – 23 January 2020 4. Various inside arms room  James LaPorta – MUST CREDIT5. Various stills of AP reporter James LaPorta while serving in Afghanistan as US Marine sergeant6. Combat footageALBANY COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE Albany, New York - 22 April 2018 7. Surveillance footage of a shooting with an Army Beretta M9 pistol on the streets of Albany, New York. ++MUTE++ US AIR FORCE Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, – date unknown 8. Various inside arms roomUS AIR FORCE Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, – date unknown 9. Service member scanning a barcode on a gun 10. Service member putting away guns US AIR FORCE Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, – date unknown 11. Various inside armoryUS AIR FORCE  Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico – date unknown 12. Various inside armory ++MUTE DUE TO MUSIC AT SOURCE++  U.S. MARINES CORP Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona – date unknown 13. Rack of weapons inside armory     U.S. MARINES CORP Camp Foster, Ginowan City, Japan – date unknown 14. Various inside armory    STORYLINE: THE U.S. MILITARY HAS SEVERAL MILLION FIREARMS AT BASES WORLDWIDE. RIFLES AND PISTOLS. MACHINE GUNS. SHOTGUNS. GRENADES AND GRENADES LAUNCHERS.  KEEPING TRACK OF THEM ALL IS NO EASY TASK. WHETHER IT'S WITH HAND-WRITTEN LEDGERS OR MODERN TECHNOLOGY.  AND YET AN ASSOCIATED PRESS INVESTIGATION HAS FOUND THAT, DESPITE THOSE MEASURES, SOME GUNS STILL END UP ON AMERICA'S STREETS, USED IN SHOOTINGS AND ROBBERIES.  IN MANY CASES, WEAPONS THAT HAVE BEEN LOST OR STOLEN ARE NEVER FOUND. TO UNDERSTAND HOW THIS CAN HAPPEN, IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW HOW THE MILITARY HANDLES ITS GUNS. I HAVE SOME FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE IN THIS AREA. THAT'S ME. JAMES LAPORTA. I WAS A MARINE SERGEANT AND INFANTRYMAN FOR EIGHT YEARS ON ACTIVE DUTY, WITH TWO DEPLOYMENTS TO AFGHANISTAN. FIRST THING TO KNOW…THE MILITARY STORES ITS GUNS IN ARMORIES AND ARMS ROOMS. THESE FORTIFIED FACILITIES ARE SURROUNDED BY FENCES TOPPED WITH RAZOR WIRE AND HAVE REINFORCED DOORS AND ALARMS SYSTEMS. INSIDE — IN RACKS, CAGES AND CABINETS, SIT HUNDREDS OF FIREARMS. THIS IS ALSO WHERE THE HIGH-TECH MILITARY MEETS LOW-TECH RECORD KEEPING. IN THE MARINES, FOR EXAMPLE, EACH UNIT MEMBER GETS PAPER RIFLE CARDS SIGNED BY THEIR COMMANDER. EACH CARD IDENTIFIES THE TYPE OF WEAPON AND ACCESSORIES THEY ARE ALLOWED TO CHECK OUT SUCH AS RIFLE SCOPES.  THE ARMORY CUSTODIAN TAKES THE CARD, HANDS OVER THE WEAPON AND IN SOME UNITS THE HAND-OFF IS LOGGED IN A LEDGER OR RECEIPT.  SERVICE MEMBERS GET THEIR RIFLE CARDS BACK WHEN THEY RETURN THE GUN AFTER THE WEAPON IS CLEANED.  THE MILITARY ALSO USES OTHER, MORE MODERN TECHNIQUES. SUCH AS BARCODES THAT ARE SCANNED EACH TIME A WEAPON IS HANDED OUT. WHEN AN ARMORY OPENS AND CLOSES, THERE'S A VISUAL COUNT OF EACH WEAPON. A MONTHLY INVENTORY IS TAKEN TO MATCH SERIAL NUMBERS ON EACH ITEM WITH A LIST OF WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE THERE. IT IS A CARDINAL SIN TO LOSE A WEAPON. IF ONE VANISHES, AN ENTIRE BASE CAN BE SHUT DOWN WHILE THERE'S A HUNT FOR THE GUN. INVESTIGATIVE RECORDS OBTAINED BY THE AP, SHOW TROOPS SLEEPING ON THE JOB, UNSECURED BUILDINGS, INVENTORIES NOT COMPLETED AND MISSING OR DESTROYED RECORDS. IN SOME CASES, THE ARMORY CUSTODIAN IS PART OF A CONSPIRACY TO STEAL GUNS. THE PENTAGON SAYS IT HAS EXCELLENT ACCOUNTABILITY OF WEAPONS AND TAKES ANY LOSSES VERY SERIOUSLY BECAUSE THEY REPRESENT A NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERN.  BUT OFFICIALS CANNOT SAY HOW MANY GUNS HAVE VANISHED. IN SOME CASES, THE MILITARY DOESN'T KNOW THAT ONE OF ITS WEAPONS IS GONE UNTIL DAYS, MONTHS OR EVEN YEARS LATER. ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. An Associated Press investigation has found that at least 1,900 U.S. military firearms were lost or stolen over the last decade. These weapons are intended for war -- but some have ended up on America’s streets. (June 15) AP Investigation: US military guns used in crimes