In the past week, there has been a plethora of stories popping up in the traditional media, much to the delight of anti-gun groups, of Glock owners/users having bathroom malfunctions with their guns. To address this and make sure we are all on the same page keep reading.
It seems that at least three times since January, members of the U.S. Capitol Police have left their glocks behind while dropping trou on the job.
As reported by Roll Call
When a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's security detail left his Glock and magazine stuffed in the toilet seat cover holder of a Capitol Visitor Center bathroom stall, a CVC worker found the gun, according to a source familiar with the Jan. 29 incident and two other disturbing instances when Capitol Police left loaded firearms in problematic places.
A 7- or 8-year-old child visiting the Capitol with his parents found the next loaded Glock lost by a dignitary protection officer, according to the source. A member of the security detail for John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, allegedly left the firearm in the bathroom of the Speaker's Suite on March 24.
A third Glock was found the night of April 16 by a janitor cleaning the Capitol Police headquarters building on D Street NE. The weapon was left in plain sight, sparking additional concern about the department charged with protecting one of the world's most important and frequently visited complexes.
Purported to be one of "the" guns at the heart of the matter, what looks to be a Glock subcompact, likely a 27, with a spare mag. Photo via Roll Call
This news brought outrage from anti-gun groups such as Shannon Watt's astroturf Moms Demand Action, the Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
Of course, the fact that it was in the Republican House Majority Leader and Speaker's bathrooms likely helped drive the train on that one, but hey.
Of course Everytown, who are in favor of pushing legislation that would require guns to be locked up at all times when not in use-- in violation of the Heller ruling by the Supreme Court in 2008, are also using the news as ammunition for that campaign.
"In fact, more than two million American children live in homes with unsecured guns and our prior research revealed that nearly two children are killed in unintentional shootings every week," they noted in their statement.
Yet the fact that the three lost-and-found glocks in this case were all belonging to federal law enforcement officers, and not civilians, seemed to be lost in translation.
Eat More Chikin
Just before the Capitol Glock follies broke, on Tuesday a 45-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the bathroom of a Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Fairfield Township, Ohio.
According to local media, the gun owner, a licensed concealed carry holder, was pulling his pants up in the restroom at about 2 p.m. when the gun accidentally discharged and the bullet grazed his leg.
Now he was able to walk away under his own steam and sought medical attention on his own, so he was much man for that, but it could have easily gone very bad to either him or someone around him.
How to fix all of the above
If you conceal carry outside the home, which if you live in every state except New Jersey, California, Hawaii, Maryland, Delaware and a handful of other may-issue territories, is fairly easy to do, you owe it to yourself and those around you to observe the ten commandments of going number 1 or number 2 while armed.
1. Try to go before you go
2. If you find yourself having to go while on the go, try to hold it until you get back home.
3. Should #1 and #2 fail you, locate an actual restroom if possible.
4. Look for a single-person room if available.
5. If you can't find one, pick the stall with your strong hand (weapon side) against the wall. Wait for it if you can.
6. Get in touch with your holster options beforehand to help ensure that you don't always have to draw your firearm in public to disrobe.
7. There are always shoulder holsters...one of the best reasons to rock the Miami Vice look. I know a gentleman CCW carrier who has IBS and carries in a shoulder rig specifically for this reason.
8. If you have to unholster, remember your trigger discipline and muzzle control. Also, consider if you prefer Condition 1 or 2 carry.
9. Before leaving the stall, always physically touch your holster and grip, verifying that both are in the same place as when you entered the stall.
10. Visually check the stall as you are leaving to make sure you aren't leaving anything behind, while rechecking commandment #9.
Open carriers largely have the same list of commandments, but also pick up the luxury of being able to use a Level II/III (or higher) retention holster since concealment is not a priority.
In the end, be safe out there.
Moreover, don't give anyone any ammunition.