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Gun in Denver airport bathroom was Houston DEA agent's
chron.com ^ | 23 Oct 2012 | Dane Schiller

Posted on 10/24/2012 6:19:50 AM PDT by smokingfrog

The loaded .45-caliber Glock handgun left in a crowded Denver International Airport bathroom belonged to a Drug Enforcement Administration agent based in Houston, according to records obtained on Tuesday.

The gun, with one round in the chamber and 10 in the magazine, was found by a traveler last week on the back of a toilet seat beyond Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, according to a Denver police report.

It was later returned to the agent, who was traveling on Southwest Airlines from Denver to Houston.

The DEA has stayed mum on the gun, declining to confirm the agency's ties to the incident.

"Incidents such as the one you described ... fall within the scope of an (internal) investigation and DEA does not confirm, deny or comment on internal investigations," Lisa Johnson, spokeswoman for the DEA's Houston Division, said in response to a Chronicle query.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Colorado; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: banglist; dea; fbi; glock
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The Department of Homeland Security had 179 firearms go missing from 2006 through 2008 - in places like cars, restaurants and bathrooms - because officers did not properly secure them, according to a 2010 report by the agency's Office of Inspector General.
1 posted on 10/24/2012 6:19:57 AM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog; Joe Brower; marktwain; CodeToad

It’s a practical problem for all CCW folks who carry a (fairly) heavy pistol concealed on their belt.

What to do with it in the john? Drop trou with the pistol on the belt, too heavy, hard to do.

Some cops and others even hang them by the trigger guard on the hook inside the stall door. At least it’s there in front of your face when you pull up your pants.


2 posted on 10/24/2012 6:30:36 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: smokingfrog
What Glock?


3 posted on 10/24/2012 6:33:03 AM PDT by carriage_hill ("0bummer's a towering figure" - even a Garden Gnome casts a long shadow at sunset.)
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To: smokingfrog

Another “Fart & Forgetfulness” scandal?


4 posted on 10/24/2012 6:33:22 AM PDT by moovova (I work well with others, as long as they leave me alone.)
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To: Travis McGee

They seem to like to chamber that first round....

I think that one factor contributes to almost all accidental discharges, at least involving Glocks.


5 posted on 10/24/2012 6:33:24 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: smokingfrog

Government will give itself a pass and shuffle this under the rug and the compliant corrupt media will not mention this incident again, and soon it will be as if it never happened.

Should a civilian concealed weapons permittee have suffered the identical lapse of their responsibilities, government will take great pleasure in dragging them though expensive legal hell and the press will keep the issue alive with urgent updates. Legislators will rush in front of the cameras to decry “so many guns”, etc. yada, yada.


6 posted on 10/24/2012 6:35:09 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: smokingfrog

“The gun, with one round in the chamber and 10 in the magazine, was found by a traveler last week on the back of a toilet seat beyond Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, according to a Denver police report.”

DEA doesn’t carry a 15-round mag — or would that be TOO heavy with a 45 cal?


7 posted on 10/24/2012 6:35:10 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Travis McGee

Sounds to me like a citizen passed up an opportunity to get a free gun.


8 posted on 10/24/2012 6:38:18 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: treetopsandroofs

What kind of idiot walks around with a gun with a round in the chamber on a daily basis? Presumably the airport bathroom was not a high-hazard situation.


9 posted on 10/24/2012 6:42:21 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If Hillary reminds every man of his ex-wife, Joe Biden reminds every woman of her ex-husband.)
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To: treetopsandroofs

FBI standard issue used to be a Glock 23, which holds 13 rounds of 40 S&W. I don’t know of any .45’s that will hold more than 10 rounds.


10 posted on 10/24/2012 6:45:20 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Travis McGee

Checklist, checklist, checklist.


11 posted on 10/24/2012 6:47:16 AM PDT by CodeToad (Padme: "So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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To: treetopsandroofs

In a life or death situation, will you have enough time to chamber a round?


12 posted on 10/24/2012 6:48:37 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Haiku Guy
Mine is sitting here on the desk in front of me, with one in the pipe. Of course, it's not a Glock, it's a 1911 style that requires me to unsafe it, and cock it before that first round can be fired.

/johnny

13 posted on 10/24/2012 6:52:21 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Travis McGee
But that runs counter to the 11th Rule of Gun Safety:

"Keep Your Stall-Hook Out Of The Trigger Guard Until You Are Ready To Shoot Your HooHooDilly Off."

14 posted on 10/24/2012 6:52:39 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Pravda Press has gone from 'biased' straight on through to 'utterly bizarre'.)
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To: Haiku Guy

Presumably the airport bathroom was not a high-hazard situation.


I have been in many airport bathrooms. Several are high-hazard situations. Especially in Denver with the high altitude/thin air.


15 posted on 10/24/2012 6:54:19 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: Haiku Guy
What kind of idiot walks around with a gun with a round in the chamber on a daily basis?

What kind of idiot goes to the trouble of carrying a pistol regularly and doesn't bother to load it? Your weapon was DESIGNED to be carried with a round chambered.

Presumably the airport bathroom was not a high-hazard situation.

Presumably, you just DON'T KNOW what will turn out to be a hazardous situation.

16 posted on 10/24/2012 6:55:02 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Travis McGee

Carry in a shoulder rig.

FBI used to carry in shoulder rigs for years - in part, to deal with this exact problem.


17 posted on 10/24/2012 6:56:02 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: smokingfrog

The full size Glock 21 holds 13 rounds in the mag.


18 posted on 10/24/2012 6:56:55 AM PDT by nonsporting
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To: NVDave

Shoulder rigs are great if you wear a jacket ... not sure how to conceal one under a polo-shirt.


19 posted on 10/24/2012 6:57:47 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: treetopsandroofs; muir_redwoods

Poor training and/or lack of gray matter between the ears is the main cause of negligent discharges involving any firearm. Brand of firearm has little to do with anything, other than excuse making by the incompetent and their enablers.

And please refrain from using the misleading term “accidental discharge”. It makes the event seem so benign and without a proximate cause. Negligent discharge, ND, is the preferred terminology.


20 posted on 10/24/2012 7:00:14 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est.)
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