Chaffetz: If ‘Obama Wants Gun Control He Should Start With the United States Park Police’

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( – At a hearing focused on a scathing report by the Department of Interior’s Inspector General about firearms mismanagement at the U.S. Park Police, including hundreds of weapons unaccounted for in inventory, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said President Barack Obama’s call for gun control should start in his own backyard.

“If President Obama wants gun control he should start with the United States Park Police,” said Chaffetz, who co-chaired a House Oversight and National Security Subcommittee and House Natural Resources and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee joint hearing on Friday.

The June 27, 2013 IG report said it found “ample evidence that USPP’s firearms management requires immediate attention to address the multitude of problems we found, which ranged from fundamental errors in recordkeeping to glaring nonfeasance by senior command officers.”

The IG notes that it has issued several reports on mismanagement at USPP dating back to 2008 and that this latest report – sparked by a complaint about weapons control at the agency – reveals that investigators “discovered hundreds of handguns, rifles, and shotguns not accounted for on official USPP inventory records.”

“Nobody’s held accountable,” Chaffetz said. “That’s the problem.”

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