Jeff McMahan said he was surprised at what he found during his audit of the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum — surprised there weren’t more than just 125 guns missing.

“Going into the audit, I’d originally suspected there could be much more than 125 items unaccounted for,” said McMahan, Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector. “Initially, it was believed there could be thousands of weapons missing — 125 missing isn’t good, but it’s not nearly as bad as we thought it would be.”

McMahan said the Museum’s “loose record keeping” methods could have led to an even greater number of items to go missing.

The poor record keeping did make it difficult for auditors to do their job, he admitted.

“We’re so indebted to all the help we received from local law enforcement during our audit — the Claremore Police Department, and others,” he said. “We couldn’t have done our job without their help — at least not without it taking twice as long to do.”

From here, McMahan said the next step is up to the Rogers County District Attorney, but he expects the Museum to learn from the findings and recommendations of the audit.

“Hopefully, there will be better control and improved record keeping at the Museum from this point on,” he said. “I hope so — it’s a wonderful museum. It really impressed my staff and I while we were there.”