Wis. agent: Colleagues improperly modified guns

CREATED Feb 6, 2014

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Department of Justice records show a former agent accused his colleagues last year of illegally modifying their state-issued rifles.
   
The agency on Thursday released an email Dan Bethards sent to DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation Administrator Dave Matthews in January 2013 alleging multiple DCI agents were shortening their rifle barrels without registering the weapons with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Bethards' email doesn't name any agents but he accuses DCI of not taking gun laws seriously.
   
A DOJ spokeswoman said the agency alerted ATF, which later found one weapon had been modified without a permit. The gun was reconfigured so it complied and no one was disciplined.
   
The agency fired Bethards in October after he accused his supervisor of selling guns without a federal license.