Sheriff’s Department arming the underworld

War on Guns has already covered the theft of shotguns and AR-15s from Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department cars (does that mean that “patrol rifles” instantly transformed into “assault weapons”?).

I just have a couple observations to make, gleaned from this article. The first is this beautiful bit of bureaucratese uttered by BATFE spokesthuggette (what–that’s not a word?) Nina Delgadillo.

“It’s disturbing … when you’re talking about someone stealing (weapons) from a law enforcement agency,” said Nina Delgadillo, a special agent with the San Francisco Bay Area division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. “Once a weapon is stolen, it has a degree of anonymity that makes it difficult for us to trace.”

Two things: 1) a stolen weapon doesn’t have “a degree of anonymity that makes it difficult to trace”–it’s gone; and 2) notice that her biggest worry is that the feds can no longer keep track of the guns–interesting priorities, eh?

I also noticed this:

The weapons reported stolen, particularly the rifles, could be valuable in the illegal arms market because of state assault weapon restrictions implemented at the beginning of the decade, said Brian Rodgers, general manager of the Antioch Armory gun shop.

What–you mean prohibition fosters black market demand? Who would have guessed? Who could have imagined that the laws that make California the Brady Bunch’s highest rated state would provide a lucrative incentive for crime?

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