Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Jerome Hauer

If you’ve ever given a PowerPoint presentation, we feel for you. Actually, we feel for your audience even more, but sometimes these things must be done. Be that as it may, there are some basic pointers the pros will impart to make the experience more informative and less sleep-inducing. Things like, don’t read every word on the slide out loud, keep it to no more than four bullet points to a page and make them brief and punchy. Now, though, we have to hand it to Jerome Hauer. New York’s Director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has found a new, sure-fire way to make damned sure no one in his audience nods off while he’s droning on . . .

According to, back in October, he gave a briefing to a Swedish delegation on the state’s response to “superstorm” Sandy in a “highly secure state emergency operations center below State Police headquarters.” In order to get his point across, he drew his GLOCK and used its laser to enhance the experience.

These officials, one of whom claimed to be an eyewitness, said that three Swedish emergency managers in the delegation were rattled when the gun’s laser tracked across one of their heads before Hauer found the map of New York, at which he wanted to point.

Hauer, commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, was disabled by a stroke a few years ago and can be unsteady. He isn’t a law enforcement official. He carries the loaded 9-millimeter Glock in a holster into state buildings, an apparent violation of state law barring state employees from bringing weapons to the workplace, several witnesses say.

He definitely would have commanded our attention if we’d been there.

According to one person who witnessed the scene in the conference room, which has mid-wall-to-ceiling windows so that people can see into the meeting space, two people opposite Hauer at the table moved quickly out of the line of the laser when he brought out the gun.

Thank goodness New York’s SAFE Act makes it harder for John and Jane Q. Public to own their own guns. Surely Empire Staters are sleeping more soundly now, secure in the knowledge that it’s much more likely that only highly trained, qualified individuals like Mr. Hauer will be handling dangerous tools like firearms. Still, literally lasing the heads of visiting dignitaries can be bad for international relations. So for that reason alone, we’ll be sending the Director his very own IGOTD keepsake for prominent display in his palatial office. Your tax dollars at work.   [h/t One_if_by_land1776]


  1. avatar Mecha75 says:

    hey Dan, “Lasering” isn’t actually a word. Lasing is the correct word for what you were going for.

    1. avatar BillF says:

      But we still get the PowerPoint.

    2. avatar Dan Zimmerman says:

      Text amended.

    3. avatar Rich Grise says:

      No, actually, “lasering” is the right word. Admittedly it’s a neologism (a new word), it has to do with pointing the beam. (compare “poling” a river raft.) “Lasing” is what the medium that produces the beam does. “When the current was applied, the helium-neon mix lased in red.”

      1. avatar Ing says:

        Yep. It’s lasering, not lasing.

        The word “laser” is derived from an acronym — Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation — and has become a word in its own right. Whether it’s an acronym or an ordinary noun, the “ing” goes on the end.

        Trust me. When Ing talks -ing, he knows what he’s talk Ing about. 🙂

        1. avatar Eric says:

          Meh just semantics, I prefer the term “sparkle.”

      2. avatar Accur81 says:

        Word. Or in this case, “lasering” is the appropriate word.

  2. avatar Pete says:


  3. avatar Javier says:

    Missing caption from the above photo: “Hey guys, how do I guns?”

    1. avatar A-Rod says:

      I was thinking “Operator as F&@K’.

  4. avatar Jan Pierce says:


  5. avatar BluesMike says:

    Where’s Shannon when you need her? Oh, wait… I forgot…

    1. avatar Elliotte says:

      These kind of people are probably the favorites of Shannon and her ilk. These are police/govt personnel that have supposedly been put through rigorous training in the proper handling of firearms, yet still they screw up. Shannon’s probably thinking, “If these folks who have received all this training still screw up so often and so badly, how can a measly untrained civilian possibly be trusted to safely handle a firearm, much less use it in self-defense without harming an innocent person.”

  6. avatar Roscoe says:


    Now this here’s an accurate definition for ‘gun-nut’.

  7. avatar DanRRZ says:

    So this jackwang can pull this stunt without a LEO exemption, while the rest of us common folk get to deal with pinning adjustable stocks and hacking off flash hiders as well as religiously counting rounds (not sure if the recent ruling has force of law yet) lest we be criminals.

    I think the worst part of it all is that I’m not even surprised anymore.

  8. avatar David says:

    So he’s not a LEO-I wonder if he even has a CPL from NY State. The Times Union article quotes one of his underlings as saying this guy is allowed to carry his pistol in Albany and New York City. Allowed by whom I don’t know as Albany does not have city-specific licensure. I’m not sure what in the world this guy is talking about, but having lived in New York State years ago I know that its senior appointees and elected officials can be masters of obfuscation

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      He has a note from Bloomberg and Cuomo, no doubt.

      1. avatar Jonathan -- Houston says:

        Darn it, Bill, I was going to say that. I was picturing a little handwritten note from Cuomo like in “The Untouchables.”

        1. avatar The average American says:

          To Whom It May Concern.
          Please extend to the bearer, Mr Jerome Hauer,
          all possible courtesy and consideration.
          Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of the New York City.

      2. avatar David says:

        I thought the same thing!

  9. avatar Jus Bill says:

    Jebus H Christ…

  10. avatar The average American says:

    Just the kind of person I want playing diplomat with a foreign delegation.

  11. avatar nemsis says:

    Sometimes there are just no words.

  12. avatar Avenger1 says:

    If someone points a firearm at me, you can bet I will be pointing one back at them!

  13. avatar BT in Afghan says:

    Now remember don’t try this at home, and It’s for the children.”

    1. avatar Samuel Leoon Suggs says:

      I can actually get behind that statement.

      1. avatar BT in Afghan says:

        Sorry, I thought the sarcasm would speak for its self. That was meant to be sarcastic.

  14. avatar David says:

    Displaying a weapon in such a way as to cause alarm…he didn’t inadvertently display a holstered pistol, this guy lased his audience in a business meeting. And using a Glock as a laser pointer is not the action of a rational person. I mean this sincerely, I wonder if his stroke has affected his reason and decision making.

    1. avatar ChuckN says:

      Probably, but remember, when you work in government
      defective reasoning is grounds for promotion.

      1. avatar Jus Bill says:

        Hey, it’s a job requirement.

    2. avatar William Burke says:

      Ya think? If this fool can’t be imprisoned, put him out to pasture; nothing we can do about his retirement funds. Just hope for a speedy, merciful death….

  15. avatar HiPlanesDrifter says:

    His audience was Flashed and Furious.

    1. avatar Andrew says:


      Way to go Hauer, if the Swedes didn’t think we were all irresponsible gun-toting retards, they sure as hell do now.

    2. avatar David says:


    3. avatar Mecha75 says:

      Perhaps I did this wrong, but when I read that coke went OUT of my nose.

      1. avatar Tom says:

        Michael Irving reads TTAG!

  16. avatar Daniel Silverman says:

    This is simply shocking. Well not really, but still, my jaw hit the floor. This guy deserves the IGOD award, and a one way trip to jail. If this were any joe six pack that is what would have happened.

  17. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    why not send this to USA Today and MDA (aka, Bloomy’s b!tch) and ask them for an official comment on the record. Then when they don’t respond, send a note to Fox News and highlight curiously their failure to demand this numb nut’s resignation for clear violations of law and safety. Oh, and copy the NY Legislature’s leadership and inquire as to why this is kosher.

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      I agree with everything except “copy the NY Legislature’s leadership.” Clearly, there isn’t any.

  18. avatar Jonathan -- Houston says:

    I was trying to google Hauer’s salary in between boring PowerPoint slides I’m currently subjected to, but haven’t run across it. I did learn, however, that he’s apparently the only non-statewide official who has his own state-supplied security guard. This one happens to be Hauer’s personal friend of some two decades and former cop; who recieves a salary of $80K+.

    Why does Hauer get a personal guard at taxpayer expense? Although, if the guard is intended to protect others from the irresponsible Hauer, then that might actually make sense.

    1. If you read to the end of the linked article, it lists his salary as $136,000 per year.

    2. avatar Jonathan -- Houston says:

      Ahh…ok, cool. Thanks. I was tapering off toward the end of the article, as I was trying not to look too obviously on my phone earlier.

  19. avatar Daniel says:

    I would have just kocked his teeth in for muzzle sweeping me.

  20. avatar Ralph says:

    If those were Russian diplomats, we’d be at war by now.

  21. avatar jwm says:

    And I’m willing to bet this guy isn’t a 2a supporter.

  22. avatar Dave s says:

    This appears to be quite Moronic

    1. avatar Ing says:

      LOL! I had almost forgotten about that gem. “Five days?! But I’m mad now!”

  23. avatar Korvis says:

    So many layers of wrong. That story is the lasagna of wrong. My god.

  24. avatar William Burke says:

    “He definitely would have commanded our attention if we’d been there.”

    No kidding! I would have bull-rushed the MF as soon as his back was turned, disarmed him and called 911… “Help, police! I just disarmed a man brandishing a firearm!”

  25. avatar Chad says:

    “Hauer, commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, was disabled by a stroke a few years ago and can be unsteady.”

    Doesn’t he got the grabbers definition of mentally damaged due to that stroke?

  26. avatar Mike says:

    Geesh, no wonder politicians don’t think we should have guns. This guy is one of them, and look what a goomba he is

  27. avatar BT in Afghan says:

    One thing that is for sure, The Swedish people DO tend to know how to handle firearms safely. Their citizens are permited to own guns, and like other nordic nations many do.

  28. avatar Hannibal says:

    Forget it, Jake, it’s New York.

  29. avatar David says:

    Interestingly, this story has been picked up by UPI and other online news places including the Huffington Post. Some of the commenters describe him as another loose cannon old white guy who can’t be trusted with a gun, most everyone missing the irony that he is a political appointee by a Democratic gun-confiscation governor. Some sources in the other articles make mention of him indeed having a New York State carry license, but it’s not clear if he is legal to take that into any New York State office building. Apparently, he has been seen with his holstered Glock entering state offices frequently.

    And no – he can’t be trusted with a gun if he is going to act like that. But knowing what I know about how the New York State government works, he will not face any punishment. Not even a slap on the wrist.

  30. avatar Jerome Hauer says:

    Hey guys, my finger wasn’t on the bang-bang button thingy so lighten up.

  31. avatar htom says:

    Felony assault, felony assault with firearm, brandishing loaded firearm. Probably others.

    Why did I think “of course!” to the bit that he’s a former LEO? Special blue snowflakes who don’t have to follow the safety rules.

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