A supervisory ranger at the Mojave National Preserve in California bought automatic rifles and flash-bang devices for his rangers, a watchdog report released Thursday found.

The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) concluded that the supervisor, who was motivated by the problems with his rangers’ old guns, knowingly violated National Park Service policies with the purchases and with the instructions to carry the rifles around in their vehicles.

“During our investigation, the supervisory park ranger admitted to purchasing and distributing the automatic weapons despite knowing that they violated NPS policy; admitted telling rangers who received the automatic rifles not to display them to others; and admitted to, at a minimum, not making it clear to his supervisors that the automatic weapons needed to be converted to semiautomatics,” the report said.

Investigators also dinged the employee for making false statements to his superiors and employees and for making “inconsistent and implausible statements.”

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