Hundreds of guns missing from Policia Nacional and Guardia Civil

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Hundreds of guns missing from Policia Nacional and Guardia Civil
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Hundreds of guns missing from Policia Nacional and Guardia Civil

BETWEEN 2007 and 2018, 169 firearms belonging to the Policia Nacional and the Guardia Civil went missing.

Most disappeared in Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla but others were lost or stolen in 33 provinces including Melilla, according to the Ministry of the Interior statistics.

One was an automatic rifle but the remainder were pistols, 60 of them issued to Guardia Civil officers.

Fifty disappeared while they were off-duty. Three were stolen while on active service in Haiti or on UN peacekeeping missions. Six were removed from an official vehicle and one taken in the street.

“In some cases they could have been stolen from an unmarked Guardia Civil vehicle and possibly a firearm was inside a backpack or rucksack for operative reasons,” a Guardia Civil spokesman explained.

Nevertheless, the Ministry figures showed that most went missing in the Guardia Civil officers’ homes, at headquarters or in their cars.

More official firearms disappear from Madrid than any other city but more were stolen from the Guardia Civil in Vizcaya in the Basque Region than any other province, followed by Barcelona and, in the case of the Policia Nacional, Sevilla.

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