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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Police were called to a Walmart bathroom Saturday afternoon when a customer who went into one of the stalls found a Smith & Wesson revolver on the toilet paper dispenser. There were five live .38 caliber rounds inside the gun, an officer discovered. A man called Walmart later and explained he had left it in the bathroom. The State newspaper did not indicate that police are considering any charges related to the incident.

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"...did not indicate that police are considering any charges related to the incident."

No law against stupid.

#1 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-07-16 10:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

No law against stupid.

#1 | Posted by REDIAL

Perhaps there should be. Being this stupid gets other people killed.

#2 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-07-16 10:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Perhaps there should be."

No doubt in my mind, for this kind of thing. Next thing you know they'll be leaving second-hand smoke lying around.

#3 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-07-16 10:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

#3 I don't want my grandkids finding it

#4 | Posted by bruceaz at 2014-07-16 10:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I don't want my grandkids finding it"

I don't blame you. If that happened in Canada the guy would never own a gun again.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-07-16 11:06 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

A kid would totally take the gun for shooting things later.

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-07-16 11:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

what's more despicable-- a loaded gun left in a walmart bathroom...

...or a walmart bathroom?

#7 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-07-16 11:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

A kid would totally take the gun for shooting things later.
#6 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER

So would an adult...

Was the weapon traceable to an owner?

#8 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-07-16 11:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

Was the weapon traceable to an owner?

Probably. He called and said he left it there.

#9 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-07-17 12:06 AM | Reply | Flag:

Nope,sorry sir,didn't find it,thanks for calling.

#10 | Posted by bruceaz at 2014-07-17 12:18 AM | Reply | Flag:

He called the police, and they did find it.

He's still stupid, but not irresponsible, which is a good credit in my book.

#11 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-07-17 12:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

He'sstupid and irresponsible,if you can't [...] and remember your gun you got no business carrying.I'm not anti gun but FCS

#12 | Posted by bruceaz at 2014-07-17 12:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

Good point. How about he's stupid and irresponsible but at least knows it and made some effort to secure his gun?

Do they have any gun laws in SC? Isn't this not far from where they found the gun in the Target toy section a few weeks ago?

#13 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-07-17 12:38 AM | Reply | Flag:

That's no excuse,secure your weapon

#14 | Posted by bruceaz at 2014-07-17 01:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

I am shocked that no one came to the conclusion that this guy was considering suicide in the walmart bathroom. Why else would he randomly have his gun out? My guess is he decided against it and put the gun down.

#15 | Posted by mariosanchez at 2014-07-17 02:23 AM | Reply | Flag:

NRA'S fault!

#16 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2014-07-17 03:11 AM | Reply | Flag:

ambulance chasing.

#17 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-07-17 03:20 AM | Reply | Flag:

He's still stupid, but not irresponsible, which is a good credit in my book.

#11 | POSTED BY REDIAL AT 2014-07-17 12:27 AM | FLAG:

Leaving a loaded gun in a bathroom is NOT irresponsible? That boggles my mind.

#18 | Posted by 726 at 2014-07-17 07:46 AM | Reply | Flag:

The State newspaper did not indicate that police are considering any charges related to the incident.

Posted by rcade

Why are the cops so scared of sending any message against guns?

#19 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2014-07-17 07:51 AM | Reply | Flag:

Probably not the only Wal-Mart shopper who entered that store strapped, on the day in question. Perhaps the best equipped--Smith & Wesson .38 is a good, expensive gun...

#20 | Posted by catdog at 2014-07-17 08:19 AM | Reply | Flag:

They guy was a responsible gun owner with a clean record...until he wasn't which is the way it goes 99.99% of the time.

#21 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-07-17 08:58 AM | Reply | Flag:

NRA'S fault!

#16 | POSTED BY GREATAMERICAN

And I don't blame him for taking the gun out. Last time I went to the crappy and left my gun in my gut, I blew a --- off. - UNGRATEFUL AMERICAN

#22 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-07-17 09:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

Why are the cops so scared of sending any message against guns?

I don't understand that either. Surely there's a charge that could be pursued for someone irresponsible enough to leave a loaded gun in a public bathroom where a child could have found it. Even if it was just a misdemeanor it would send a message to the community: Don't be stupid with your gun.

If he has a conceal permit it should be taken away, at least for some period of time.

#23 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-17 09:06 AM | Reply | Flag:

#23,

I do agree RCADE. I do think his CC should be taken away and he should have to reapply for it after remedial training. But I don't think this should be a permanent entry on any type of record. In our society today, we are all too quick to blot or blacken someone's record. Regardless if he made this stupid move, he still keeps his right to own and carry.

Leave the misdemeanor's and felonies for actual crimes.

#24 | Posted by boaz at 2014-07-17 09:28 AM | Reply | Flag:

Surely there's a charge

#23 | POSTED BY RCADE AT 2014-07-17 09:06 AM | FLAG:

Reckless endangerment. It's not unlawful carry because that requires intent.

Welcome to the wonderful world of selective enforcement.

#25 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-07-17 11:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

#24 | Posted by boaz
"I do think his CC should be taken away and he should have to reapply for it after remedial training."

I'm all for training, but I don't see how this is a training issue.
One does not need to be trained to know not to leave a loaded weapon in a public place.

Just as with certain driving violations, I'd suspend his license.

#26 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-07-17 11:48 AM | Reply | Flag:

Even police officers have been guilty of this. Too many distractions clouding the mind can make you overlook the simplest things.

#27 | Posted by Daniel at 2014-07-17 12:03 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"Regardless if he made this stupid move, he still keeps his right to own and carry."

Yep. Even after proving himself too incompetent to be trusted.

#28 | Posted by Sully at 2014-07-17 12:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

Reckless driving = fines or even license suspended. Reckless with a firearm = meh.

#29 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-07-17 12:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

#29: Not always and usually only when found under the influence.

#30 | Posted by Daniel at 2014-07-17 12:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

RE# 30 There is always a fine. Unless the perp IS the police. Or you have a damn good lawyer...or both.

#31 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-07-17 03:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

#27 | Posted by Daniel
Do people relize how many PD have officers loose weapons every year, a ton. Hell the FBI "loose" their full auto M4/M16 rifles on a constant bases because they think a locked vehicle is the proper place to store firearm.

"MA FBI Agents Charged with Failure to Secure a Large Capacity Firearm. Or Not."
www.thetruthaboutguns.com

"A $20,000 [taxpayer-funded] reward is being handed out to an unnamed Bay State resident who helped [unnamed] cops track down two FBI rifles allegedly stolen by a 16-year-old from Lawrence [from unnamed FBI agents]," bostonherald.com reports. "The two weapons, one an M16-A1 rifle, the other a sniper rifle, were stolen between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. During a press conference announcing the arrest of a 16-year-old for the theft, Andover Police Commander Charles Heseltine would not say how the FBI SWAT vehicle was broken into, but he said other cars nearby were also burglarized and those cars were left unlocked." Uh-oh! "Failure to secure a large capacity firearm is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

FBI Losing Laptops, Weapons(Fumbling, Bumbling, Idiots!)
NewsMax.com ^ | Feb. 13, 2007 | staff

Posted on 2/14/2007, 12:47:32 PM by kellynla

WASHINGTON -- Three or four FBI laptop computers are lost or stolen each month and the agency is unable to say in many instances whether information on the machines is sensitive or classified, the Justice Department's inspector general said Monday.

The IG said the FBI is reducing the number of thefts and disappearances of weapons and laptop computers, but the bureau acknowledged in a statement that "more needs to be done."

The Boston field office reported a stolen laptop containing software for creating identification badges. The laboratory division at Quantico, Va., said that a stolen laptop contained names, addresses and phone numbers of FBI personnel. The New Orleans field office reported a stolen laptop that had been used to process surveillance-related electronic digital imaging.

"Perhaps most troubling, the FBI could not determine in many cases whether the lost or stolen laptop computers contained sensitive or classified information," said the Justice Department IG's stated. "Such information may include case information, personal identifying information or classified information on FBI operations."

Of the 160 laptops lost or stolen over a 44-month period, 10 contained sensitive or classified information. The bureau did not have records on whether 51 others contained such data.

In a report five years ago, the inspector general said 354 weapons and 317 laptop computers were lost or stolen during a 28-month review.

The new report found that 160 weapons were lost or stolen during the 44-month period studied.

"Making progress' may seem like a win for the FBI, but it's unacceptable when you're talking about lost weapons and computers with sensitive information," said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

#32 | Posted by zack991 at 2014-07-18 08:39 AM | Reply | Flag:

If people want to criticize irresponsible gun owners for accidentally misplacing their handguns, lets hope they hold the HIGHLY TRAINED Federal Agents and police officers to the same level of demand for justice in taking away their firearms and right to own them as well.

FBI Missing Firearms, Computers
W A S H I N G T O N, July 17

Justice Department officials are investigating the disappearance of 449 firearms and 184 laptop computers -- at least one containing classified information -- from the FBI.

One weapon was stolen from an FBI agent's car in Alabama and later used in a shooting in Detroit, an FBI official said.

The problem of missing weapons extends beyond the FBI. In March, an audit of the Immigration and Naturalization Service found that 539 weapons were unaccounted for.

Attorney General John Ashcroft today ordered Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine to conduct a sweeping review that will include all Justice Department law enforcement agencies.

"Your review should focus on those items which if not properly controlled, might result in danger to the public or might com"

www.justice.gov

abcnews.go.com

#33 | Posted by zack991 at 2014-07-18 08:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

No law against stupid.

#1 | Posted by REDIAL

If there was, the jails would be full of libs.

#34 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-07-18 10:20 AM | Reply | Flag:

So one individual American made a very stupid mistake. Should we now nullify the Constitution to make amends? Mistakes and errors in judgement will always occur, from the the dumbest to the brightest. Human nature will never change in our lifetime or lifetimes to follow.

#35 | Posted by Robson at 2014-07-18 09:07 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

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