As any Golden State gun owner will tell you, California gun laws are very specific. Anyone transporting a firearm in a vehicle must have the gun unloaded in the trunk or a locked container—other than the glove compartment. Don’t want to jeopardize your gun rights? Better comply. To the letter. An unnamed Elk Grove police officer may not have gotten the message…
]The mystery cop’s vehicle was (supposedly) locked with the windows up, but somehow his badge and backup gun were stolen. Sgt. Christopher Trim was rather vague about exactly where in the car the stolen items were stored. According to sacanco.net:
The Elk Grove Police Department does have a policy regarding the storage of firearms and ammunition. Any firearm or ammunition in an officer’s home or vehicle must be locked in a secure place.
It’s certainly possible that the incognito LEO was just a victim of an opportunistic smash-and-grabber who got lucky. The gun could have been securely locked away and the thief jimmied the compartment to boost the heater and badge.
And monkeys may fly out of my gun safe. If everything was kosher, why not name the officer?
Trim said “he did not think the officer was facing any disciplinary action.” That’s nice. I’m sure local citizens who display the same level of care with their firearms can expect the same treatment should their guns fall into the wrong hands. Not.