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Inspection Report: IG-0587

February 21, 2003

Inspection Firearms Internal Controls at Los Alamos National Laboratory

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) maintains 1,643 firearms for use by its protective force contractor, Protection Technology Los Alamos (PTLA), and its Security and Safeguards and Dynamic Experimentation Divisions. Firearms are considered sensitive items by DOE and are subject to strict inventory controls. The purpose of this inspection was to determine if internal controls over firearms at LANL are adequate and whether the firearms inventory is administered appropriate.