Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Adonis Forbes


“Adonis Forbes had come (home) to check on the teenager, Murain Hawkins, who was babysitting Forbes’ children in the 2000 block of Tennessee Street. Police said Forbes was ‘working on his handgun’ when the firearm discharged, striking Hawkins.” According to, Forbes was trying to administer first aid to Hawkins when police arrived, but it was all for naught . . .

Hawkins died later at a Baton Rouge hospital and Forbes has been charged with negligent homicide. All because didn’t know enough not to “work on his handgun” while it was loaded. Or bother to ensure it was pointed in a safe direction.

Since his life doesn’t need any more complications right now, we’ll forward Forbes’ IGOTD trophy to what will likely be his future home in Angola. He’ll need something to spruce up that cell.

[h/t RB]


  1. avatar BDub says:

    So this guy goes to jail, but the Kitchen Kowboy that shot he pregnant wife in the head….goes home with a sob-story. Justice?

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      Nope, not justice. Here’s a chance for Eric holder to do the right thing AND stick it to a white gun owner. Too bad he has no interest in doing the right thing.

    2. avatar BlueBronco says:

      We have had 2 kitchen cowboys in Florida this year and they both seemed to skate. The both need de-nutted.

      1. avatar sagebrushracer says:

        if they point the ND in the proper angle, they can self denutt at the same time as having a ND! always morbidly funny to read about when some G/yoot/hoodlem quick draws their wank off, least they don’t reproduce.

    3. Or the Peachtree City Police Chief that shot his wife in the back that TTAG failed to cover for some reason.
      I mean seriously RF! This is right in your wheelhouse and it is the Chief!

  2. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    I’m with BDub…THAT cowboy should be in prison…

    1. avatar BDub says:

      Hehe. Full Disclosure: I spelt it with a “K” so as not to insult the intelligence of any cows.

    2. avatar Tim Going says:

      From the news article; “DeHayes tells an investigator, “I haven’t slept in three days trying to figure out how the hell [the gun] went off. I don’t know. I mean them damn guns. The shotgun goes off when it wants to. I almost blew my damn head off twice.”


  3. avatar Grumpy says:

    The story reeks. Something more than a ND by someone working on their gun. A lot more….

    A quick search from another site. Wonder if this had anything to do with the ND?

    “And apparently just six months ago, an East Baton Rouge man named Adonis Forbes was arrested on multiple charges to include distribution of schedule 1 drugs. “

  4. avatar Ralph says:

    Maybe it was an ND while Forbes was “working on” his gun. Maybe Forbes was showing off to impress the 13 year old. Maybe the shooting was on purpose. I’m thinking that a lot of so-called NDs are actually intentional. But in this case, we’ll never know.

    1. avatar BDub says:

      That what i thought about the “Kitchen Kowboy” ™ from the other article.

  5. avatar CarlosT says:

    Drop the magazine, rack the slide at least three times, lock back, visually and physically check the mag well, breech face, and chamber.

    That’s how I was taught to clear a semi auto. And I agree completely, Mr. “check out my kitchen pistol tricks” should be charged with some form of homicide.

    1. avatar Steve says:

      If you properly clear the chamber, you don’t have to rack the slide more than once.

      1. avatar TheOtherDavid says:

        I seem to recall that the thinking here is that when you tell people to do an action once, they may do it, or they may continue on through other tasks only thinking they had done it. Telling someone that they have to rack the slide three times is a much more active manipulation of the firearm and it is much more likely that they will remember it and rack it properly.

  6. avatar James69 says:

    Cheaper than a divorce. This is utter BS.

  7. avatar Excedrine says:

    Mr. “Kitchen Pistolero” should have charged with involuntary manslaughter. End of.

    This fuckin’ guy, if he was actually doing maintenance on his gun, should have damn well known better anyway. Involuntary manslaughter for him, too.

  8. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Better make sure his trophy is one that is inflatable.

  9. avatar Hannibal says:

    What was the shooter’s occupation?

    1. avatar ChrisB. says:

      by age 25 he has 12 arrests including two prior firearms felonies starting at age 17. Occupation: criminal

  10. avatar JackieO says:

    I may have seen too much Law& Order but maybe the sitter did not have the welfare of their charge paramount.

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      More likely Law & Order SVU – the sitter said “No” and Adonis got pissed. Or she said “Touch me there again and I’ll tell my Daddy.”

  11. avatar Joel in pa says:

    Whoa!!! Wait a second…we are supposed to unload our guns before “working on them”? Well go figure, that makes sense..

  12. avatar George M says:

    This is nuts, why do people even clean there tools around people, why would he not check the tool to make sure it was safe? morons i tell ya.. makes good toll owners look bad!!

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Because if you’re making up a BS story to cover up a murder, the story only works if it includes a loaded gun.

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