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Police Officer Leaves Assault Rifle On Roadside

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by starfuryzeta, Dec 12, 2003.

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  1. starfuryzeta

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    http://www.wftv.com/news/2677469/detail.html

    I don't think this instance is as bad as the other two mentioned and linked to at the bottom of the page.
     
  2. Mark Tyson

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    So this is how those weapons "flood the streets" . . .

    I'd love to have heard THAT conversation!
     
  3. ballistic gelatin

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    Like civillians don't have any business with firearms. I'm not so sure I would have turned it in.
     
  4. aquapong

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    Uhh...yeah it would be legal in like 10 months.:uhoh:

    You would have to turn it in because undoubtedly the cops would place it on the missing/stolen list and if you ever tried to trade it in or got caught doing something dumb with the rifle with you, you'd be charged with attempting to sell a stolen firearm or whatever.

    Getting this close to the sunset of the ban, we do not need to give antis more public displays of irresponible gun ownership. There are enough displays out there without us contributing.
     
  5. Mad Man

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    3 incidents in a week!

    If you go to the news link above, there are links to two other stories:

    Previous Stories:

    * November 21, 2003: Another Police Officer Leaves Gun Inside Local School
    * November 20, 2003: Cop In Trouble After Leaving Loaded Handgun At School
     
  6. 45R

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    I talked to a CHP officer about guys leaving gear on their cars. IT happens more than you think.
     
  7. Travis McGee

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    WHOOPS! Bad career move. If I found it, I might have given the cop a break and returned it discretely with no press. (Good way to earn brownie points with the LEOs.)

    This boo-boo does not even compare to my top five stupid Matt tricks.

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  8. Mad Man

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    I've gotta ask: what are the top five stupd Matt tricks?

    The larger point is not that people don't do stupid things; we all have, and all will. Hopefully everybody involved learns a lesson.

    But when one set of laws (re: "safe storage" and "gun free school zones") is proposed/enforced for us peasants, while the noble knights are allowed to violate them, something is wrong. Especially when the actions of the noble knights endanger children more than mere possession by a peasant does.

    There was an incident in Pennsylania about two years ago when a police chief left a Glock in the bathroom at an elementary school, where it was found by some kid. The chief was hailed as a hero. (If I have time, I'll find the story and add the link later). If I even have a gun in my car on school grounds, I could face prosecution.


    PS -- looking forward to your book. The excerpts on the web site were great, and were enough to convince me to buy it.
     
  9. Monkeyleg

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    "OPD's spokesman says to remember, they do have 670 officers carrying guns."

    Every fall here in Wisconsin we have 600,000 to 700,000 hunters out in the woods carrying guns. I wonder how many of them lose their guns?
     
  10. Bigjake

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    Why does this sound like some VPC tripe.... 3 cops loose thier weapons, and 2 of them in places just crawling with the pooooooor widdle childwen!:scrutiny:
     
  11. Edward429451

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    They say that like it's an hinest mistake and no big deal. If a citizen would do something like that, they'd be crucified.

    New lowers are only 250 though...hmmm:evil: :D
     
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    What's an AR-15 assault rifle?:what:
     
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    Officer loses a Kel-Tec .32 in the auditorium at his daughters school program? :uhoh:
    Do they "encourage" weapons retention? :scrutiny:
    If your weapon is so lightweight/small that you don't notice when it departs your person, you NEED a heavier/bigger gun! :rolleyes:

    Perhaps instead of trigger locks they should start making lanyard rings mandatory.

    If one of us civilians did this we'd surely be charged with reckless endangerment.
     
  14. Quartus

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    Can you say, "career limiting move"?


    Yeah, I thought you could.
     
  15. Cosmoline

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    Umm, a civilian DID pick it up, saving said officer's behind!
     
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    No Excuse.

    Barring some sort of exigent circumstance, which none of these incidents appear to have, there is no excuse for leaving a gun lying around in a public, or uncontrolled private setting.

    In all honesty, we should have an acronym for this sort of thing, say NL, for negligent loss. After all, its mainly caused by the same sort of complacency, isn't it? Its certainly the same sort of often repeated error.

    An acronym would also emphasize that this is, like NDs, a training issue. If it were mere common sense, it would not be happening. So it has to be addressed and revisited in-service as required in training.

    Training isn't just the flashy bits, its the whole package. This sort of thing is what happens when we neglect that. :scrutiny:



    The most positive aspect of any of these stories is the sucess of the Eddie Eagle program, which we should be taking special note of for the next time the other side claims it doesn't work.
     
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    That article is so full of what I like to call "meaningless modifiers..." especially when they're inaccurate :rolleyes:

    As an AK fan, I'm sure everyone knows my opinions on the power of .223... and besides, I'd like to get the name of the person that the rifle assaulted :p
    Powerful? ...see above comment. Accurate? I'll give it that. Big enough to grab your attention? Meh... like size ever mattered in how dangerous something is. Plus, it didn't exactly catch the officer's attention, now did it?
    I've studied Mass Communications with a focus on Print Media (which now apparently includes the Internet). This last bit is a fine example of how shoddy this article really is. "Gunlocks" is two words. Not "officer;" it's "officers." Not "won't have to carry the black bags" it should be "will no longer need to carry black bags." And finally, it should be one sentence, with "That means" replaced with "meaning."

    The story and all its facts may be true, but it's crap like this that strains credibility. :mad: :banghead: :fire: :barf:
     
  18. Travis McGee

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    Mad Man:

    I will tell you two of the top five stupid Matt tricks. /4/ Crashing and totalling a 1971 Chevy Nova under insanely stupid circumstances in high school. /5/ Crashing one boat into another boat very expensively, under extremely stupid circumstances.

    I will not mention the others, they are still too painful to fess up to. In some cases the records have even been expunged. In some ways it's a miracle I'm alive, free and married at age 46.

    That's why I would give this cop a break, if I had found the lost rifle. I've done worse, and folks gave me a lot of breaks along the way.

    Cops even. Especially cops. God bless the cops that gave me a break.

    Matt

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  19. admar2

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    he went off duty without accounting for his rifle?
     
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    Commoners don't need guns. Only the police need guns.
     
  21. Baba Louie

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    Alls well that ends well.
    Interesting read. Loaded with straight news facts.
    Looks like a case of another evil black assault rifle taken off the streets of America and safely placed into the hands of local law enforcement authorities.
    Wonder what it'd bring in one of them there gun buybacks? :D Maybe a $50 gift certificate or a free movie.
    Poor schmo will never hear the end of that one I'm sure.
    Thank goodness for good samaratins.

    Adios
     
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    Once again, in case you didn't catch that the first time.

    :barf: :barf: :barf: :barf: :barf:
     
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    Yeah, it's too bad the civilian who did pick it up went crazy from the assault rifle mind control rays.
     
  25. TheOtherOne

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    Beyond our own personal feelings and conscience about what do with lost items, is there anything that says a gun has to be treated different than anything else you might find. Finders keepers?
     
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