Capitol Police officer’s weapon, left unattended in restroom, had alarming feature

Capitol Police officer’s weapon, left unattended in restroom, had alarming feature
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A Capitol Police officer left his handgun, a Glock 22, unattended in a restroom in the Capitol Visitor Center complex on Monday night, according to a 27 February report from Roll Call.

This incident isn’t the first one in recent years.  The year 2015 apparently saw a “rash” of guns left unattended by Capitol Police.  It’s hard to determine how prevalent the pattern is, however, because records of these events apparently aren’t subject to oversight or publicity.

So, how often do officers leave their guns unattended around the Capitol complex? The answer is unknown because Capitol Police are not required to disclose such incidents.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who chairs the House Administration Committee, said lawmakers and staff on the panel were not made aware of the incident before Roll Call inquired about it.

“We had not been advised,” the California Democrat said Wednesday. Her panel has oversight responsibility for the Capitol Police.

In the most recent case, a curious feature of the handgun was cause for additional concern.

Unlike a gun with a traditional safety, a Glock will fire if the trigger is pulled — making the discovery of an unattended gun in the Capitol complex particularly concerning.

Twitter has been having fun with this since Wednesday.  Yes, it seems an officer of the Capitol Police was armed with one of those special guns that fire when the trigger is pulled.  This hapless promo tweet from a Roll Call colleague didn’t help.

Some tweeps paused to make serious points.

Presumably, anyone familiar with common semi-automatic pistols knows what Roll Call’s author “meant” here, with her earnestly repeated information.  But I’m not sure she does.

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California, blogging as The Optimistic Conservative for domestic tranquility and world peace. Her articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary’s Contentions, Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard.


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