By Robert Farago on October 10, 2014
“A Castaic man fishing on the dam at Castaic Lake found a backpack that had been exposed as the water line has gone down 151 feet,” losangeles.cbslocal.com reports. “The bag contained a gun and a badge issued to an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.” So, how you ask, did an ATF agent lose his badge and gun in Castaic Lake, a 320k acre body of water formed by Castaic Dam on Castaic Creek, in the Sierra Pelona Mountains of northwestern Los Angeles County, California, near the town of Castaic? Oddly enough, the not-unexpectedly-unidentified ATF Agent in question has an explanation, of which I’ll share with you . . .
The ATF agent, who was not identified, said that he and a friend from the Los Angeles County Probation went to Castaic Lake in 1992 to enjoy a day on the lake. The duo decided to put their valuables in a backpack they took on the boat instead of leaving it in the soft-top Jeep they had driven, officials said.
t some point, the boat was swamped and the backpack, containing a gun, badge, pager, watch, what appears to be a class ring and a credit card-size calendar, went over the side and into the lake.
“As I opened it up a gun fell out,” said Poore. “I opened the wallet and there was a badge. I knew that I better go find the sheriff’s and give it to them.”
The officers told sheriff’s officials they got a lot of grief from their peers about losing their badges and weapon in the lake but were glad the items have been found and their story was validated.
Question: did the ATF record the gun’s loss in its database? Did the ATF agent suffer any consequences for his or her negligence? Did he or she report the loss of the gun to local police? Good thing Governor Brown didn’t sign SB 299 in 2013, which would have required “any person whose firearm is lost or stolen to make a report to local law enforcement within 7 days from the time the person knew or should have known [ha!] that the firearm was lost or stolen.”
Anyway, remember to save that excuse for as and when. “I lost it in a boating accident, just like your agent did in 1992 at Castaic Lake.