Disappeared, did it? Well maybe it went through UPS' Baltimore hub and Eric Bruneau found it.
UPS employee caught with stolen guns taped to his legs, police say
Caught stealing two, known to have stolen at least two more. And out on bond as we speak, because apparently stealing guns in Maryland isn't as bad as merely possessing a standard-capacity AR-15 magazine.
And there are a lot more Eric Bruneaus out there, folks. They work for UPS, Fed-Ex and the airlines. It's not uncommon for street gangs to have their members apply to be package handlers specifically to look for and steal firearms. And when they succeed, the carrier shrugs and sets new policies that just charge us more for "secure" shipping--while letting the same people handle them--and the Obama types blame you and I and the NRA.
This is why when I ship a gun, I try to do the following:
1. Don't use a gun-sized or gun-shaped box if possible. If it's a long gun, consider breaking it down and using a shorter, wider box. It it's a handgun, use a larger box that's harder for a thief to conceal, and use a ton of tape. They need to take your box to an out-of-the-way pace and cut your gun out of the box fast, and anything that you can do to make it harder, the better.
2. When shipping to an FFL, leave the word "gun" or "guns" out of the recipient's address. The thieves are looking for those, especially on gun-size boxes.
3. Tracking numbers and insurance. Always.
4. I personally send long guns via the post office. They won't take handguns or ammo, but their theft rates are less than UPS or Fed-Ex, both of whom often hire off the street.
5. When traveling with a long gun, consider shipping the gun separately via post office (or even UPS / Fed-Ex) instead of putting it in airline baggage. Most thefts by far come from airline workers, who are often screened even less than UPS hires.
You can't stop all of the Eric Bruneaus out there, folks, but you can lower his chances of getting your guns with a little forethought.