There’s stereotype we face as gun owners. Ask any anti, and they’ll tell you about the old white guy, cop wannabe, wearing his gun on his belt for all to see. He’s a hair trigger, locked and loaded and ready to go off at the first opportunity to defend life and limb. Nothing would bring more joy to his heart than plugging a bad guy with his Glock, basking in the accolades of a thankful citizenship. Hell, there might even be a ticker-tape parade in it for him . . .
Sadly, there are some gun owners out there with just this mindset. We’ve seen their YouTube videos; open carry screeds meant to inflame any LEO within earshot. We read editorials and reader comments in our local papers and shake our head at the occasional, “I got seven rounds right here for all the Muslims/hippies/reptilians ruining our country!” I haven’t really put a face to all the crazies hanging out at the fringe of the gun owners’ bell curve. Until now. Meet Richard Zentz, today’s irresponsible gun owner.
Zents was arrested last August for, “aggravated unlawful use of a weapon on his person.” Even though Halloween was a couple of months away, Zentz decided to visit his bank all dressed up in his DEA Agent costume, gun included. As you can see in the picture above, he’s wearing a DEA shirt, emblems on the pocket and sleeve. He even had a DEA badge.
His plan to play LEO dress-up was going pretty well until someone recognized him and, knowing he wasn’t DEA, called the police. In a town less than a hundred miles from Chicago, it didn’t take long for things to turn turtle for Zentz. He was arrested as he left the bank, obviously sad that he couldn’t play cops with the big boys (I mean, just look at that face; he’s devastated!).
Zentz must know a pretty good lawyer; somehow he ended up with only two years probation, a couple grand in fines and weekly dates with a piss cup (and gun-free, of course). Twenty miles east and he’d be lucky they didn’t perforate him on arrest.