You may recall our recent Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day post on New York State Homeland Security Commissioner Jerome Hauer. A reporter reported that Mr. Hauer drew his GLOCK and used its laser to enhance a Powerpoint presentation at a “highly secure state emergency operations center below State Police headquarters.” The kicker: the Commish’s laser lasered several members of a Swedish delegation. Let’s hope Mr. Hauer’s Homeland Security team members are better at damage control than the boss. “Spokesmen for Hauer and the governor’s office had declined to answer questions about the incident for weeks before the story was finally published,” capitalnewyork.com reports. “In an interview with Capital this weekend on a separate topic, Hauer [finally] denied the report.” Ready? So . . .
“This was an unloaded gun because I was taking it to the gun shop to get a different sight on it,” Hauer said.
Wait. So it’s OK to take an unloaded gun into State Police Headquarters? Well no, it’s not, obviously. But the original news report on this kerfuffle mentioned the fact that the GLOCK in question was a loaded gun, and we all know that loaded guns are totally different from unloaded guns in terms of dangerousness. Especially when you’re lasering people’s heads with the muzzle. And we all trust the New York State Homeland Security Commissioner’s word on the state of his firearm. Don’t we?
The commissioner said he never aimed the gun at the Swedish officials’ heads. According to the Times-Union report, “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.”
The report also said that Hauer “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.”
Politicians, eh? He never “aimed” the gun at their heads. Which is not to say the laser didn’t skate across their heads unintentionally. And while he’s prevaricating, Mr. Hauer would like it to be known that the piece in question was totally not a GLOCK.
“I do own a Glock but it is in Virginia. It is too big to carry in a pocket and it has no laser. I have never carried it because of its size. I carry an H&K P 2000. The gun that was in my pocket was an unloaded S&W 9mm. I have permits to carry and received verbal authorization to carry it on state property when I was hired and again many months ago.”
Would it be indelicate to ask Mr. Hauer to show us his New York State carry permit? And then, if he has one, to check and see if it was issued before the date of this incident? Not that we might use the information to arrest him for carrying an illegal firearm or, say, brandishing. While we’re at it, I wonder if the Police have any information on whether or not the Smith & Wesson 9mm in question has been registered with the state, as required by law.
As for the verbal authorization to carry on state property, who knew such a thing was even possible? I don’t know about you, but that’s exactly the kind of thing I’d get in writing, just in case I needed to liven-up a Powerpoint presentation in the bowels of a State Police building. Just sayin’ . . .