- Associated Press - Friday, June 12, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Public Safety says internal investigations into the purchase of hundreds of handguns that were later returned has found agency employees did nothing wrong.

In a Friday afternoon news release, the department announced the results of its internal investigation and said officials would make no further comment at this time.

The investigation began in April after officials told employees to turn in nearly 800 newly issued Smith & Wesson handguns after some officers raised concerns about their functionality. The department didn’t specify the handgun problems. Three officials were placed on paid administrative leave during the inquiry.

On Friday, the department said no “illegal or improper activities” occurred in purchasing the guns and no department policies were violated. The department says the employees have returned to work.

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