Gardai in frantic hunt for mislaid gun and bullets
GARDAI went into a frenzy after an official handgun and ammunition "disappeared" -- but called off the search after the weapon was found safely stowed away in another locker.
An internal weapons audit at the Tipperary station last week found that the gun, a .38 Smith & Wesson, and a small number of bullets could not be found.
Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy immediately ordered an inquiry amid concerns the gun could fall into the hands of criminals or subversives.
The search was called off yesterday morning when the missing gun and ammunition were found in another locker in the station.
Gardai said last night that the gun had apparently been stored in the wrong place after it had been taken out by a local member of the force.
Each district station has a designated area for weapons, and an account is meant to be kept of when guns are taken out and returned by gardai.
The arsenal at Tipperary is also available to selected members from outlying stations.
Despite the recovery of the gun, the inquiry is continuing to establish why regulations governing the control of officially issued weapons were not met.
Chief Supt Michael McGarry will prepare a report on his inquiry for the commissioner.