Stolen and missing military weapons are dealt with by the legislation of Rep. Crow

Prompted by an investigation that found nearly 2,000 military weapons were missing, a Colorado representative introduced legislation to address the issue.

Democratic Representative Jason Crow of Colorado’s 6th Congressional District and Florida Republican Representative Scott Franklin introduced a bipartisan bill on September 1 to address missing, lost and stolen military weapons. The Transparency in Reporting for an Accurate Count of Combat Equipment Act, or TRACCE, requires the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to report missing, lost or stolen weapons for each year on an annual basis.

Stolen military weapons have been used in shootings, robberies and gang activity, according to a September 1 report. Press release.


“American streets and neighborhoods are no place for military grade weapons,” Crow said in the press release. “Making sure the Defense Department tracks lost and stolen weapons is a matter of public safety. The TRACCE Act is a first step in the responsibility to track military weapons, ammunition and explosives so that we can ensure they are not used to harm American citizens.

“Taking into account the missing weapons and equipment, this bill will not only ensure that military officials act as good stewards, but will also prevent our military resources from falling into the wrong hands,” Franklin said in the press release. September 1st.

The legislation amends a previous bill that required reporting stolen or missing guns to the Secretary of the Treasury by adding an additional reporting requirement to the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The new legislation also requires the Secretary of the Treasury to report “all cases of missing, lost or stolen weapons, large quantities of ammunition, destructive devices or explosive material from the stockpiles of the Department of Defense” each year. in an annual report, according to the invoice.

The report must include the type, quantity and serial number, as well as the armed force to which it belongs, for each of these cases, and it must be submitted to the defense committees of Congress by December 31 of each year. The previous legislation on reporting stolen and missing military weapons entered into force in 1988.

A slide from Rep. Jason Crow’s office showing statistics on missing military firearms. (Screenshot)

“Our community is no place for military style guns,” Crow tweeted September 1. “This is why @RepFranklin and I are leading the TRACCE Act – a first step in the responsibility to track lost and stolen military weapons, ammunition and explosives. ”

The legislation follows The Associated Press reports of thousands of lost and stolen military weapons, said Kaylin Dines, Crow’s communications director.

“The health and safety of people around our community is affected by this,” Dines said, referring to the report of thousands of missing and stolen weapons.

“You will see from the PA reports on this subject that the army was not very open on this issue, and this is a first step that we are taking, to get a better idea of ​​the missing military weapons and why, so that we can limit the problem, ”Dines said.

It is not about politics. It’s about making sure the American people are safe, especially the people of Colorado’s Sixth District.

– Kaylin Dines, spokesperson for Representative Jason Crow

“The most important thing to realize is that when you talk about a public safety issue like this it’s not political,” Dines said, when asked if the law was bipartisan law. . “I believe this is the main motivation for Congressman Crow when he looks for an opportunity to cross party lines, especially on this issue, but many other issues that we are working on is that he it is not about politics. It’s about ensuring the safety of the American people, and in particular the residents of Colorado’s Sixth District. ”

“If this is an ongoing problem, then this is something we need to address, and it goes beyond political lines.”

“I am grateful to co-sponsor this bipartisan solution with @RepJasonCrow demanding that the Pentagon report on missing military equipment,” Franklin tweeted September 2nd. “If passed, this common sense bill could help prevent military equipment from falling into the wrong hands.”

Not publicly reported

According to Associated press, there were 1,179 US military rifles missing between 2010 and 2019. There were 694 military handguns missing during the same period, and 74 missing military machine guns.

Reports carried out by the Associated Press found that “at least 1,900 US military firearms were lost or stolen during the 2010s” and that civilians subsequently used some of the missing weapons in committing crimes.

In its investigation of stolen or missing military weapons, the Associated Press reported that government records show that “pistols, machine guns, shotguns and automatic assault rifles have disappeared from armories, supply warehouses, Navy warships, shooting ranges and ” other places where they have been used, stored or transported. These weapons of war have disappeared due to unlocked doors, sleeping troops, an unrecorded surveillance system, break-ins and other security breaches that so far have not. not been publicly reported.

The law was introduced as part of the National Defense Authorization Law on September 1.

Crow – which represents Aurora, Brighton, Centennial and Littleton – and Franklin are both members of the House Armed Services Committee, a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives. The committee has jurisdiction over the Department of Defense, including its funding and US military operations. The House Armed Services Committee is chaired by Washington Representative Adam Smith and has a total of 59 members. Democrats have a majority on the committee. Colorado Republican Representative Doug Lamborn is also a member of the committee.

Crow and Franklin are both former military personnel. Franklin, a Republican, represents Florida’s 15th Congressional District, which includes Lakeland, Brandon, and Clermont.

Crow voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the House Armed Services Committee by 57 to 2. The TRACCE Act was passed along with 13 other “directed amendments.” by the raven, ”according to a September 2 statement. Press release from Crow’s office.

The NDAA also authorizes a 2.7% salary increase for the military. Other Crow-led amendments included in the FY2022 NDAA include the Space National Guard Establishment Act, which Crow co-led with Colorado Springs-based Lamborn, the Havana Syndrome Service Member Support Act, and the Realizing Efforts for Military Equity. , Diversity, and the Inclusion Act. The REMEDI law will update current requirements for diversity training in the military to include discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation and religion. If passed, the REMEDI law will be the first time in more than 20 years that the Defense Ministry will “codify” diversity training requirements. Because the NDAA was passed by the House Armed Services Committee, it will now be considered before the entire United States House of Representatives. If the House of Representatives passes the NDAA, it will go to the Senate for a vote.

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