Thursday, June 20, 2013

Why Only the Police Should Have Firearms--Detective Leaves Loaded Gun in Public Restroom

Yesterday, it was reported that in Tampa, Fla., a 9 year old boy had found a loaded Glock handgun in a restroom stall at movie theater. (Warning: video automatically starts). The boy's father secured the weapon and turned it into police.
Police now have the gun and are searching for its owner.

But even if the owner had a permit and left it by mistake, the person could still face charges.

"We believe that this would meet the standard of willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others, to leave a loaded weapon where a child -- and in this case a 9-year-old found the gun -- that certainly put others at risk and we're just thankful that a very responsible abiding law abiding citizen found the gun and did the right thing," said Tampa Police Spokesperson Laura McElroy.
Except that the owner was a sheriff's detective.

About 90 minutes after a 9-year-old boy found a loaded handgun in a movie theater bathroom Sunday, sheriff's Detective Luke Hussey realized he was missing his Glock.

Hussey, 38, who has been with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office for 13 years, was off duty that day. He had gone to Muvico Centro Ybor 20, according to the Sheriff's Office, about 3 p.m. and stopped in the bathroom before the movie. He put his Glock 26, a personal weapon, on top of a toilet paper dispenser — then forgot it and left.
What about the criminal penalties that had been threatened?
The Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that Hussey is the subject of an administrative investigation that could result in suspension or termination.

"It's obviously a serious mistake," said sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon. "We're glad no one was hurt, that the gun didn't end up in the wrong hands."

He was unsure if Hussey had prior disciplinary issues and his personnel file was unavailable for review Tuesday night. He remains on active duty. Hussey will not face criminal charges, Tampa police said Tuesday.
Whew! No double-standard here. Move along ... nothing to see ... move along.

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