An AR-15 rifle that had been left unsecured was stolen from Rep. Renee Ellmers' garage in her North Carolina home last week, a spokesman for the congresswoman confirmed to TheBlaze Wednesday.
"Someone broke into their house and stole their property," Ellmers communications director Tom Doheny said. "As a wife and a mother, Congresswoman Ellmers is very upset and extremely concerned that the rifle was left unsecured."
According to a police report filed last Wednesday, the firearm was last seen the day before it was reported stolen leaning against a gun safe in the garage, Politico reported. It is unclear whether the rifle was loaded.
Doheny stressed that Ellmers is "very big on gun safety" and "wants to get to the bottom of this herself."
"As you can imagine, the Ellmers family is shaken by these events and is working with law enforcement to make sure those responsible are found and brought to justice," he said. "I also want to emphasize that the Ellmers family has been the victim of a crime."
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