SAN FRANCISCO -- A one-of-a-kind, handcrafted machine gun disguised as a briefcase, portable and deadly as a James Bond secret weapon, has been stolen from the back of a delivery truck, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms says.
The feds want it back, pronto.
ATF spokesman Ed Gleba said the weapon had been lifted from a parked Federal Express truck Tuesday while its driver was making deliveries.
Mr. Gleba said the gun was evidence from a federal case that had recently been completed in Salt Lake City and was headed for Washington for examination and cataloging by federal firearms experts.
Conviction for possession of a machine gun is punishable by 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Mr. Gleba said the .22-caliber automatic weapon was molded into a briefcase along with a laser sight and an external trigger mechanism.
"The laser sight puts a spot of light on a target, and where that light hits is where the bullet will hit," Mr. Gleba said. "Press a button, and it will fire."
He said the trigger attachment enables the carrier to aim and fire the weapon while carrying it in one hand like a briefcase.
Mr. Gleba said the weapon was packed in a cardboard box similar in size and shape to six other cartons containing computers.
"All six boxes of computers and the [gun] box were stolen," he said. "It looks like the perpetrators had targeted the computer boxes and took the other, too."
Mr. Gleba said the weapon was not loaded but was capable of handling a 30-round magazine, giving the gunner deadly firepower.
"It looks like it could be used as a murder weapon or covert-type weapon," he said.