That is actually a FEDERAL FELONY. It is technically a federal felony to clean your own gun in your own house while drinking a beer. You cannot handle a firearm with any amount of alcohol in your blood, loaded or unloaded. They don’t try to enforce it, however, unless there are extreme extenuating circumstances.
There was a report awhile back when two military guys were sitting in one of the guy’s room drinking. They were drunk. The resident of the room takes out an unloaded revolver and decides to explain to his buddy how “russian roulette” works. He demonstrates it without bullets and then shows the guest how you can see which way the cylinder is rotating so you will know before you pull the trigger if it will indeed fire. He then puts one bullet in it to prove his point, and pulls the trigger until he can see that the next time he pulls the trigger it will indeed fire. Then he unloads the gun and puts the gun away. they resume drinking. The guest is now really toasted and requests to see the gun again. He hands it to the guest unloaded. The guest has a bullet in his hand and loads it, then points the gun to himself and pulls the trigger. It fired and the guy died.
The surviving owner of the gun was charged with murder. How do they justify this charge?
Well, they made a law awhile back that any death caused while in the commission of a felony will be charged to the person committing the felony regardless whether the person was actually the killer. For instance, a guy holds up a gas station and a customer pulls out his legal concealed carry gun and starts shooting and hits an innocent bystander and kills him, the robber will be charged with murder, not the legally CCW customer who actually shot him.
So since the drunk guy was already committing a felony by handling a firearm while drinking, the death is ruled a murder and he is charged with that murder.
“You cannot handle a firearm with any amount of alcohol in your blood, loaded or unloaded.”
I have seen numerous people handle guns after a drink of alcohol. Did you mean that it is illegal?
Making a law does not make it so.
Do you have any citation for the above? It would likely be against military regulations to do so, but I have never heard that it was a federal felony.
That is actually a FEDERAL FELONY.
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