Firearms Laws: One Rule for You, One Rule for the FBI

 FBI. Shielded from firearms responsibility (courtesy commondreams.org)

The recent and growing boycott of law enforcement agencies within New York by firearms industry folks is a fascinating and in some ways unprecedented development. It’s the realization of a theme that we’ve been mooting since the site began: cops are civilians too. Citizens should have access to the same self-defense tools as the police and the police should be held to the same standard of firearms responsibility as citizens. Only they’re not, are they? To wit: a member of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia recently sent us a link to some declassified FBI discipline rulings from the Agency’s Office of Personal Responsibility. Our reader remarked, “this stuff makes for interesting reading.” Yes. Yes it does. Specifically . . .

1. Domestic Violence: During argument with spouse, Employee broke spouses e-reader in half and pointed unloaded gun at dog’s head while dog was sitting in spouse’s lap. In mitigation, Eniployee [sic] had been struggling with spouses mental health issues and fol!owing [sic] this incident, entered marriage counseling. In aggravation, Employee introduced a firearm into a domestic dispute, an extraordinarily serious escalation.

PENALTY: 45-Day Suspension
OFFENSE: Assault/Battery, Offense Code 4.1

“A regular Joe would have received a conviction or plea bargain involving domestic violence and that would have been his/her right to own guns gone right there,” the TTAG commentator opined. “And WTF with pointing it at the dog? What is it with LEO’s and dogs?”