Now what kind of thief would steal a handgun from an unlocked car, take out the bullets, bag the gat and return it with a Sharpie-scrolled message warning about the danger to children of an unsecured firearm? Someone who grew up watching Mr. Rogers change into his sweater. [Click here for the video report.] In other words, a neighbor. Hey that’s a felony! Breaking into a car I mean. At the same time, I’m wondering why the Florida po-po didn’t throw the book at the gun’s owner, Mike Maisonnueve (and why Mikey didn’t STFU). According to Florida statute 790.174 (“Safe storage of firearms required”) . . .
A person who stores or leaves, on a premise under his or her control, a loaded firearm, as defined in s.790.001, and who knows or reasonably should know that a minor is likely to gain access to the firearm without the lawful permission of the minor’s parent or the person having charge of the minor, or without the supervision required by law, shall keep the firearm in a securely locked box or container or in a location which a reasonable person would believe to be secure or shall secure it with a trigger lock, except when the person is carrying the firearm on his or her body or within such close proximity thereto that he or she can retrieve and use it as easily and quickly as if he or she carried it on his or her body.
Can you say “Book ’em Dan-o”? I knew you could.