Texas has a rep for being gun-friendly. As gun rights advocates will tell you, not so much. While the culture is as pro-gun as you wanna be, gun laws are nowhere near as “liberalized” (I love that irony) as they are in nearby Arizona. The Lone Star State is just now getting around to open carry – with a permit. And while some states are taking a slap-on-the-wrist approach to legal gun owners who forget to remove their firearm from their carry-on, Texas is going full, uh, mentally challenged on a firefighter who forgot to leave home without it. According to kxan.com . . .
According to a disciplinary memorandum, Troy McMillin, an Austin Fire Department Fire Specialist, went through a TSA checkpoint in January with a loaded handgun accidentally stored in his carry-on luggage.
Following interviews and investigations, fire officials determined McMillin’s act was a mistake and not intentional.
In the memo, Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr says McMillin violated AFD Code of Conduct by failing to comply with laws, i.e. bringing a weapon into a prohibited location. McMillin is suspended for five days without day from April 6-10.
McMillin is due in Travis County District court this Wednesday for his prohibited weapon charge.
According to an AFD spokesperson, McMillin works in operations and has 11 years of service.
McMillin facing a felony weapons charge. His lawyer said the firefighter’s looking at a one-year prison sentence. During which time he would be prevented from saving lives as a firefighter.