A member of Mitch McConnell’s (Senate Majority Leader) security detail stuffed his carry weapon in one of the toilet seat cover dispensers. A CVC worker found the firearm in the Capital Visitor Center bathroom stall, according to a source inside Capital Hill who was familiar with the January 29th incident also stated that it wasn’t the first time this has happened.
A 7 or 8-year-old child visiting the Capital with his parents was the “lucky” locator of the next loaded Glock that was haphazardly left by a dignitary protection officer. Apparently a member of John A. Boehner’s (R-Ohio) security detail left the handgun in the bathroom of the Speaker’s suite on March 24th.
Unbelievably, a third Glock was found by a janitor on the night of April 16th while cleaning the Capitol Police headquarters building on D Street NE. It was left in plain sight.
On Friday, CQ Roll Call spoke with members who are calling for a full investigation into firearms related incidences and a possible rewrite of the carry regulations. House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions R-Texas, stated that he wanted Capitol Police to “retrain everyone that carries a gun.”
Representative Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee stated that Congress should be investigating as to “how” a trained professional could leave their government issued handguns lying around unattended. He has also suggested that Congress revisit the 2004 appropriations rider that shields Capitol Police from having to comply with the Freedom of Information Act requests that may jeopardize security.
“This information absolutely ought to come out,” the New York congressman told Roll Call. “Certain things probably out not to be subject to FOIA, but I don’t think you should can take an entire agency and say they’re not subject to FOIA.”
Nadler went on to say;
“This shows it’s time to look into that again, and it’s time to look into the question of what are the regulations with respect to how to handle firearms and what’s the enforcement,”
Regardless of the where the locations of these findings transpired, or whether it was an 8-year-old or an 80-year-old who found them, there is in my mind, no excuse for leaving a firearm unattended. These are supposed to be professionally trained government employees. They should understand what could happen if someone unfamiliar with a Glock’s safety system were to find it loaded and unattended.
I know what I do with mine when I have to use a public restroom, and that is to leave it holstered. I typically leave my pants a bit higher on my legs and spread them enough to keep tension on them, preventing the firearm from flopping loosely. If I can’t do that and I have to unholster my firearm, I lay it muzzle forward in the crotch of my pants.
I will absolutely never, lay it down on any surface that is not attached to my person. Although both of these methods are safe alternatives, I do it this way, because I typically have a lot on my mind and I don’t want to take the chance of leaving it behind.
Tell us how you handle this situation, in the comments below.
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef.
Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.
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