Firearms Sold By Washington State Police Ended Up In The Hands Of Criminals

In a development that echoes the infamous “Fast and Furious” scandal – which exposed that the ATF had allowed dangerous criminals to hang on to firearms that were supposed to be recovered in sting operations - the Associated Press has discovered another similar example of law-enforcement malfeasance.

As we highlighted back in April, Holder was held in contempt of Congress after resisting the release of documents outlining the agency’s role in the scandal. Unsurprisingly, the DOJ decided not to prosecute itself, and Holder got off scot-free.

This time around, the AP has discovered – following a lengthy investigation – that more than a dozen firearms sold by law enforcement agencies in Washington State since 2010 later became evidence in new criminal investigations. While federal agencies weren’t involved, the AP report exposes the carelessness exhibited by Washington State Police and many local departments throughout the state.

SEATTLE (AP) — A yearlong Associated Press analysis found more than a dozen firearms sold by law enforcement agencies in Washington state since 2010 later became evidence in new criminal investigations.

Identifying guns sold by law enforcement and matching them to new crimes required extensive research and dozens of public records requests to individual agencies.

Using those records, the AP created a database of almost 6,000 firearms sold by law enforcement since 2010. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives declined to release tracking information on guns associated with crimes, so the AP collected that information from individual agencies and compared it with its own database to find firearms with matching make, model, caliber and serial numbers.

In its report, the AP discusses in great detail how these weapons were used by criminals to violently victimize innocent bystanders. Homicides and armed robberies are disturbingly common. In one incident, police arrested a convicted felon who was barred from owning guns. He was found to be in possession of a firearm that had been traded to an arms dealer by Washington State Police.  Suicide and threats of lethal force were also unjustifiably common.



Here’s a complete breakdown of the various crimes committed by people in possession of these weapons, courtesy of the AP.


The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office in April 2014 sold a list of guns at auction that included a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun. In October 2016, Jaylen Bolar sent text messages to his mother, threatening to kill her and others. Angela Almo contacted a behavioral health center instead of the police because she knew her son had firearms, including a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun and she feared he’d be killed in a standoff with authorities.

When the Tacoma police became involved, he denied it, but his aunt confirmed that she, too, had received threats. Robin Olson showed an officer her phone, which contained a message from Bolar asking his uncle to kill him because he was tired of living.

Bolar also threatened to kill a woman who used to be his boss. He was taken into custody, and a search of his home found two firearms in his bedroom. One was the Mossberg shotgun sold by the sheriff’s office.


The Aberdeen Police Department sold a Lorcin Model L380 pistol in February 2011. In May 2016, the Kent Police Department located a stolen vehicle parked at the Benson Village Apartments and found a gun under the seat — the Lorcin Model L380 pistol sold by Aberdeen police. The three juveniles who stole the car were convicted felons.


The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office sold a Hi Point 9mm pistol in March 2014. In October 2015, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call from a woman who said she heard what she thought was a gunshot and went outside to find her daughter’s intoxicated boyfriend passed out on the front porch. When deputies arrived, they found a handgun, the Hi Point 9 mm pistol, on the ground next to the man. It was the gun sold by the Kitsap sheriff’s office. A search found that the man was a convicted felon who wasn’t permitted to have a gun. The deputy put the man in handcuffs and called for medical help.


The Washington State Patrol traded a Lorcin L380 semi-automatic pistol with a firearms dealer in June 2010. In May 2015, the Kent Police Department was investigating a 911 call and encountered four people outside the house. One of the men was prohibited from having a gun, but they found he was carrying a handgun, the Lorcin L380 semi-automatic pistol sold by the State Patrol. The gun had been reported stolen, and he was arrested.


The Aberdeen Police Department traded a JC Higgins .22-caliber rifle with a firearms dealer in February 2011. In April 2015, the Yakima Police Department responded to a domestic violence assault involving a JC Higgins .22-caliber rifle with the same serial number. The dispute involved an elderly man who had handled his wife roughly and threatened her sister. The man was charged, and police took his firearm. In October 2015, Kent police searched a suspected drug house and arrested several people wanted on felony warrants. They found a .22 caliber rifle — the JC Higgins rifle sold by the Aberdeen police.


The Thurston County Narcotics Task Force sold a Smith & Wesson pistol in August 2012. In October 2013, the Tacoma Police went to the University of Washington, Tacoma to investigate a report of a student who was posting photos of a gun on Facebook and said he had “vivid, colorful dreams of shooting and killing lots of people last night.” Police found in his backpack a Smith and Wesson pistol, the one sold by the narcotics task force.


The Bonney Lake Police Department in March 2011 traded a Davis Industries .380-caliber handgun with a firearms dealer who sold it to the public. In February 2012, Kent police stopped a man for an expired registration and discovered baggies of cocaine in his car. He said they were party favors. They also found his concealed handgun, the firearm sold by the police.


Longview Police Department sold a Davis Industries .22 caliber pistol in August 2016. The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call in April 2017 from a man who said his father headed to a house with a gun and planned to threaten the occupants. Jesse Brown threatened to kill the men who lived there and was arrested. Officers confiscated his Davis Industries .22 caliber pistol — the one sold by Longview police — and 15 other firearms.


The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office sold a Mossberg, Model 590, 12-gauge shotgun in December 2014. In March 2016, the Tacoma police responded to a call by a 12-year-old girl who said she and her sister fled their home because their father was drunk and was threatening to shoot his girlfriend and threatening to beat up one of the girls because he couldn’t find his gun. The police later found a Mossberg, Model 590, 12-gauge shotgun — the gun sold by the Sheriff’s Office — in the bathtub.


The Washington State Patrol traded a batch of guns to a firearms vendor in June 2010 that included a Smith and Wesson .9mm handgun. In September 2014, the Yakima Police Department responded to a report of a suicidal man with a gun. They arrived to find 24-year-old Kyle Juhl with a gunshot wound to the head. He used a Smith and Wesson .9mm handgun, the one sold by the State Patrol.


The Thurston County Narcotics Task Force sold a Springfield Armory .40-caliber pistol in December 2013. In February 2014, the Seattle Police Department helped take firearms from a man who was having a mental health emergency and was at the Involuntary Treatment Act court. One of the guns was the Springfield Armory .40-caliber pistol sold by the task force.

Almost nothing was said in the report about how law enforcement agencies in Washington justified their use of the program. According to  US News and World Report,  Washington is the 37th safest state in the US, a surprisingly weak performance, though data provided by the FBI show the rate of violent crime has been steadily declining in Washington. Indeed, across the US, violent crimes are becoming less common.

Meanwhile, as we noted last year, gun sales - measured by the number of FBI background checks on would-be gun owners that had been conducted during that period - have continued to climb despite the election of the first NRA-endorsed president in nearly a decade.



But that doesn’t excuse the notion that law enforcement agencies handed out powerful weapons to dangerous individuals with little, or no, oversight.

We now wait and see how – and, indeed, if – the Department of Justice will react to this report.



wildbad macholatte Tue, 01/09/2018 - 03:25 Permalink

Fast and Furious was not JUST about a few guns run over the border leading to the death of border agent Terry, but rather an Obama plan to run heavy weapons to ISIS in the mideast via mexico and Jordan.

Tosh Plumlee, a many decades long pilot for the CIA, is currently on the lamb in south america for spilling those deadly beans. He is not the only whistleblower on this front.

But its for the children and democracy and stuff..

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dchang0 TBT or not TBT Tue, 01/09/2018 - 01:04 Permalink

I got the same take as you.

The guns were LEGALLY SOLD TO dealers.

The dealers themselves may or may not have illegally sold the firearms to buyers. Most likely the guns were legally sold to straw man purchasers, who illegally gave the guns to felons. (Some may argue that if a straw man purchaser knows at the time of purchase they will soon commit a felony by giving the gun to a felon, the purchase is illegal, but the gun shop has no way of reading minds to determine if this is illegal or not.)

This is not new, and it is not malfeasance on the part of the Washington State police.

The end result of this article is that there may be public pressure on the Washington State police to not sell their used firearms legally to gun dealers. This may or may not be good--if the guns were wrongfully seized from innocent people via civil asset forfeiture, the cessation of selling the guns will reduce the incentive to wrongfully take guns from innocent people. But if the guns were simply used police guns, it is good for low-income people who wish to legally buy guns for self-defense to be able to buy them.

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effendi dchang0 Tue, 01/09/2018 - 04:13 Permalink

I agree with the take that the writer is anti guns. A dozen incidents in 7 years from 6000 guns works out to about a 1 in 900 chance that a gun might be misused each year. A car has a far higher chance of being misused (indeed one of the guns was found in a car being used in a crime). Time to ban cars (especially the big black assault SUVs with more than 6 cylinders).

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Dilluminati TBT or not TBT Tue, 01/09/2018 - 06:34 Permalink

Stop.. stop making sense.. I have been thinking about the consequences of failed education lately and ponder this: what was the cost of stopping the draft in the USA?  I think one of the hidden consequence was that a random and spread out section of our society lost weapons education.  When I was younger every American family had a member, a neighbor, someone who had completed marksman school.  This included gun safety and maintenance.  Those skills have now eroded and transferred offshore, as an example ammo is now cheaper to buy than reload, I did the factual math last night on .308 Nato and could not see the ROI on loading my own from a cost standpoint unless I wanted match grade loads.  Now that only smaller and smaller families of all volunteer serve, the general public is now ignorant of skills.  And I believe you would clearly see the spike in gun stupidity 20 years post the discontinuation of the draft.  The same is true of hunting, each year the number of permits decline, and the market the gun manufacturers cater to is more and more spray and pray oriented.  I read articles and comments about MOA at distances that are LAUGHABLE, 3" at 100 yards as an example.  

I'm starting to conclude that one of the hidden consequences of Jimmy Carter was a society of the firearm ignorant.  The random education of basic firearm safety and responsibility was a good thing, I think part of the problem in gun misuse could be statistically tied by zipcodes and clearly illustrated to show that it corresponds directly to the formal education of using them responsibly.  When there was a draft that education was distributed across society, now it is not.

Show me any inner city and compare the draft and then all-volunteer, want out of Baltimore or Detroit?  give that some thought.. unintended costs of lack of education and I'd bet my life savings I could clearly show the spatial data to support that.

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Moving and Grooving booboo Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:40 Permalink

My thought exactly.


How did the police come to possess these items and have the legal right to sell them and pocket the cash?


Can this type of investigation be performed on the vehicles, jewelry, and real estate the authorities seized with different excuses?


Asset confiscation is ugly and has to stop, IMO.



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Yippie21 Tue, 01/09/2018 - 00:14 Permalink

Some folks gotta get killed for the left to get their gun control...  Ends justify the means.  ...  and no one in Washington state will be held to account.  No, they'll just have another press conference about the "gun show loophole" or some other mystical prog talking point.

Axenolith Tue, 01/09/2018 - 00:46 Permalink

A dozen out of 6000?  And some of those were associated with theft or being in a stolen car???

looks like someone wants to see legislation destroying the weapons in police hands and is willing to gun up some emotion based upon Americans not being to good at math... this article is bullshit

Conax Tue, 01/09/2018 - 01:14 Permalink

This article seems to be more than just an indictment of the cops, it seems to be implying that used gun sales often or mostly go to criminals.

Private owners are careful when selling, 99% of my personal sales went to friends and acquaintances, none to crack heads or gangstas. The others were sold on a gun auction site, delivered through FFLs, like these cops did. Stuff happens, the little bastards can always get a gun somewhere.

The cops were just unlucky. The article gets the middle finger and my scorn.

gearjammers1 Tue, 01/09/2018 - 01:47 Permalink

They are running away from the Jew mob. New York, California New Jersey all Jew mob states. Minnesota is the state with two Jewish Senators. Illinois controlled by the Irish/Jewish mob. California with two Jewish Senators. See the pattern? Jew Senator Carl Levin controlled Michigan for many years. People are fleeing states with Jewish Senators. I know a Jew named Katz was the Mayor of Seattle, Washington for several years. Mob Jew Rahm Emmanuel is now the Mayor of Chicago. Former Jew mayor Ed Rendell of Philadelphia (who was recently accused of pedophilia) - people are running away from Jew controlled states>>>>> 


running away from Jews and blacks. I ran away from Illinois, where I was born and raised. I love my Illinois, but I'm old, I'm too old to fight for my beloved homeland Illinois. So I migrated to south Tennessee. Tennessee, the land of fake conservatism. Land of Jew worship.

pparalegal Tue, 01/09/2018 - 02:07 Permalink

Nice try AP, but no evidence WA law enforcement is giving criminals guns. 0.2% is hardly a pattern of whatever it is AP is trying to claim.

Try adding up the San Francisco area dumb ass state and federal cops who got their guns stolen from cars. Enough that the state made a new law telling them to lock them up. In a state with chapters of existing common proletariat citizen gun laws. Kate Steinly ring a bell AP? Or how many hundreds of AR-15's are missing in action from SWAT team armorys. Do your hit piece investigations there and you may find some gold to publish. 

libertyanyday Tue, 01/09/2018 - 03:23 Permalink

Gun control should start by disarming the police.............they just cant be responsible........maybe some NRA training on gun law might help..........fucking idiot cops.

Dilluminati Tue, 01/09/2018 - 06:43 Permalink

We live in interesting times.. when a society depends on education accruing free.. you should know what you get for free, and the articles all of them always get around to legislating what you should or shouldn't be allowed to do unless you have money or an education (permits) to do so.   I suggest you take education very seriously as that is the means to the money to exercise freedom which it seems Sorros has.  Disturbing trend.. education failing and democracy eroding.


gearjammers1 Tue, 01/09/2018 - 06:59 Permalink

 That's just how a non-jew spends his Saturday morning. Dog Buddy wakes me up. I let my little Buddy outside. I am thinking about Mathematics. I read War and Peace eight times when I was a kid. I'm old now. The old Russian Prince  in War and Peace thought it was important to give his daughter a daily Calculus lesson. But his daughter had no interest in Calculus, she was stupid. War and Peace takes place in the early  1800s, calculus was still new, it was plaything for the elite.

vegan Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:53 Permalink

In perspective...

"more than a dozen firearms sold by law enforcement agencies in Washington state since 2010 later became evidence in new criminal investigations."

"Using those records, the AP created a database of almost 6,000 firearms sold by law enforcement since"

More than a dozen... Is 15 a reasonable guess?

15 / 6,000 = 0.25%

So of these firearms, approx 0.25% later became evidence in criminal investigations.

This really doesn't cause me great concern.