Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Gunfight At The Cheesy Corral...

Fresh off the BLNN is another story about a confrontation at a local kid's pizza parlor...

Police: Connecticut mom pulled gun, threatened other woman at Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant
NEWINGTON, Conn. – A Connecticut mother has posted bail after being charged with pulling a gun and threatening another woman at a Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant. 
Police say 30-year-old Tawana Bourne brandished a .380-caliber handgun and chambered a round during an argument at the children's game and pizza restaurant in Newington on Monday night. Police say both women were at the restaurant with their children.
Maybe some of my CT peeps can shed some light on this here, but what I'm not seeing is the phrase "CT carry permit" or "permit revoked" - so I suspect she may not have been carrying the firearm legally. It's also possible that the "chambered a round" means that she *was* carrying legally (i.e. unloaded) and then turned it illegal by loading the gun in the restaurant. Not sure what CT's rules are regarding carrying unloaded firearms.

I like the restaurants claim that guns are "banned" in their restaurant. Yeah, that worked out well, didn't it? Unless you have metal detectors and armed security, claiming that guns are "banned" is just more magic thinking, especially since CT does not have binding signage that I am aware of. It may be a corporate policy, but it depends solely on the discretion of the person walking into the establishment - obviously, in this case, that Chuck E. Cheese was anything but a gun-free zone.

Be careful out there, folks; there's a lot of stupid people in this world...

That is all.

7 comments:

Mopar said...

Carry unloaded is still carry in CT. She did in fact have a permit to carry, which was technically unlawfully seized (local police don'y have authority to seize a permit, only state police). Our signage laws are a little sketchy, but most she can be charge with for violating that is trespassing. Still don't have the details, but there is always the possiblity she really was in fear of her life at that point. If her lawyer can sucessfully make that argument then everything but trespassing should get dropped.
If that happens, someone needs to talk to Miss Bourne about waiting for the last minute to put one in the pipe.

NUGUN Blog said...

Connecticut does not even allow you to buy a handgun with out an owner's permit.

You can carry one to and from range.

Or have a carry permit

Old NFO said...

I want to see the backstory on this one...

gunnutmegger said...

She doesn't sound Irish...

And her temper doesn't do gun owners any good in the court of public opinion.

The use (or threatened use) of deadly force is only justified if a person is in fear of death or grave bodily injury to themselves or someone else. The burden of proof lies on the person who used or threatened to use deadly force to justify what they did. (I am not a lawyer but that is the gist of what a pistol permit applicant will learn during their mandatory training.)

So like Old NFO I need to know thebackstory on this.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

I'm with Old NFO. A little google searching shows some pretty spotty reporting - the only witness account I've found is from the woman she was arguing with. Ms. Bourne is denying the allegations, but beyond that has (quite properly, IMHO) lawyered up.

The paucity of published witness statements for something like this in what was probably a busy part of the restaurant makes my inherent suspicion of the MSM itch.

We won't find out what really happened until the trial, I think.

chiefjaybob said...

Nothing good happens at Chuck E Cheese any more.

They should be banned. Why does anybody NEEEEEEDD to go to a mouse-themed pizza place? Ban them. For teh childrunz.

lee n. field said...

What is it with Chucky Cheese? This is not the first "altercation" at one I have read of.

Tough neighborhood, maybe.