Tuesday, January 29, 2013

We're The Only Ones Professional Enough...

... to carelessly leave a firearm unattended in a men's room. Brad_in_MA sends in another story of a police officer losing their firearm after a potty break.

Cops hunt for gun lost by Plymouth captain in courthouse bathroom
Plymouth, state and Wareham police are continuing their search this morning for a veteran cop’s loaded service revolver that went missing from a courthouse bathroom yesterday after Plymouth Police Capt. John Rogers Jr. inadvertently left it behind during a rest stop.
Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri said the investigation includes a review of defendants who had cases before Wareham District Court yesterday, where Rogers, a 26-year veteran and head of his department’s operations division, went to testify.
I do NOT understand this at all. I've had my concealed carry permit for nearly 20 years, and I have never left my carry gun behind ANYWHERE. I assume that - given that it was his service weapon - it was in a duty rig. Why on earth would he take the gun out? He's in a reasonably secure building, and he's a police officer - it's not like someone seeing the gun under the stall would have caused him any problems.

Now, here's the thing. On the wish list of new gun laws is a requirement that folks inform law enforcement upon the loss of a firearm. In MA we are already required to do so. Unofficially you stand a pretty good chance of being declared unsuitable for a permit for such an act of gross negligence, and while I disagree that you should lose your right to own a gun over losing one, I think you need to take a hard look at yourself and your practices should you lose a gun. That said, I will bet $100 that this officer faces no permanent repercussions from this.

Why? BECAUSE ONLY ONE, that's why.

That is all.

10 comments:

Wolfman said...

My Lovely Wife and I were watching some TV last week, and one of the storylines involved a cop feeling responsible for deaths perpetrated with his duty arm, which had been stolen from him. I commented on the sheer number of guns lost by police in bathrooms and left on the trunks of cars- she didn't realize how often that happened. Heck, how many thousands of dollars worth of AR have been lost falling off the trunks of patrol cars in the last few years?

Stretch said...

"Service revolver?"
Probably has issue hi-cap magazines.

Soap Box One said...

Happened up here too.

http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-news/Gun-stolen-after-being-misplaced-by-court-officer/-/9857858/18302772/-/format/rsss_2.0/-/bha8knz/-/index.html

bogie said...

Had to love the one in NH - I read in the Concord Monitor (http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/4075578-95/court-noury-police-rojek) that she said it must have "fallen out" and she didn't notice it. Excuse me but don't you think that big chunk of metal would have made a pretty loud "thunk" when it hit the floor? And don't even get me started on how it could have fallen out of the holster.

Glenn B said...

Oh, forget, it's not worth saying, I suppose...

Jamie said...

Having toted an M9 around in Afghanistan for more than half a year, I can easily see how this could have happened. Chief Botieri probably took the revolver out of its holster because he didn't want it to touch the floor and forgot to put it back in when he was done with his private business (in the same manner that some folks forget their cell phones after getting up).

I'm not saying I condone it, I'm just saying I can easily see how it could have happened. Damn near happened to me on multiple occasions. It actually happens more often that you'd think (that's when we get the mass e-mail saying there's a missing weapon).

For the record, that's an automatic Article 15 downrange.

Old NFO said...

Of course he won't... sigh...

Stretch said...

This raises the question: What do you do when you find a perfectly good firearm the next time you hit the head?
Since keeping it would be WRONG and something I'd NEVER condone here are some options;
1) Disassemble and leave parts in trash cans through out the area (but keep the ammo!).
2) Mail to local newspaper.
3) Hand into Lost and Found and have the owner paged. "Walk of Shame" indeed.

harp1034 said...

I hope that gun is gone forever and never comes back.

Glenn B said...

The police captain who lost his weapon in the crapper reportedly is going to be disciplined for losing it. See: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/02/06/massachusetts-officer-suspended-after-leaving-gun-in-courthouse-bathroom/?test=latestnews

and see: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/02/cop_who_left_gun_bathroom_suspended

All the best,
GB