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We know there are lots of cops who know how to handle their guns safely. The majority of them even. You know how we know? Because we never hear about them. No, we only hear about the ones who do something stupid. No one writes news stories about the officers who handle their guns safely every day as they go about their jobs. We only hear about the ones who make a joke of the gun-grabbers’ laughable mantra that only the professionals are qualified to handle heaters. And there doesn’t appear to be any shortage of them, either. Today’s sad example, though, is more than your typical boy in blue letting one negligently fly. This one’s so much more…

The – as always – initially un-named  gun expert in this case is a former police officer, later identified as Jack Carney. He’s also a college professor. One who not only needs remedial coursework on the four rules of gun safety, but also a freshman level lecture on following campus rules. From’s initial report:

A Long Island professor accidentally shot himself in the leg while attempting to safeguard his gun before class Thursday morning, police said.

The licensed handgun went off in the hallway of a building at Long Island University on its CW Post campus.

Police said the round remained in the right leg of the 72-year-old professor who has not been identified.

No one else was hurt and Perfesser Carney’s expected to make a full recovery. Fortunately. While he’s healing, maybe he’ll have time to pick up a LIU handbook and read the section that says guns are specifically excluded from the campus. Yes, designated free-fire zones may be stupid, but that doesn’t exempt a professor – even a retired copper – from complying.

So now, in addition to the halls of academe, the the distinguished Professor Carney will also be able to stroll our hall of shame as a fully-matriculated IGOTD member with all honors and benefits pertaining thereto. As soon as his leg heals, that is.

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  1. If he hadnt had a negligent discharge and it was found out he had a gun on campus and had charges pressed, a lot of the guys here would probably start a fund to help his case but I digress…whatever that means

  2. Breaking news! There was a school shooting today. Fortunately an off duty police officer was on scene to shoot the gunman in the leg before he could harm anyone.

  3. I don’t think that the assertion that he could not carry on campus is legit. I believe LEOSA says that, as a retired officer, there are virtually no places that “no carry” rules apply to him. I could be wrong, but that was my understanding.

    • Incorrect:

      Sec. 926C. Carrying of concealed firearms by qualified retired law enforcement officers

      `(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of the law of any State or any political subdivision thereof, an individual who is a qualified retired law enforcement officer and who is carrying the identification required by subsection (d) may carry a concealed firearm that has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce, subject to subsection (b).

      `(b) This section shall not be construed to supersede or limit the laws of any State that–

      `(1) permit private persons or entities to prohibit or restrict the possession of concealed firearms on their property; or

      `(2) prohibit or restrict the possession of firearms on any State or local government property, installation, building, base, or park.

  4. So the presence of the gun isn’t the concern we were told it was. It’s about who holds it. Active duty cops, obviously, are to be armed but he’s retired so does he retain his super citizen status for life?

    • No, that’s only one section of the bill. There are annual qualification/credentialing requirements as well. Additionally, there are limitations on who is a “qualified” retired LEO and the circumstances under which they can carry. Google HR 218 and you’ll find the entire text.

  5. “while attempting to safeguard his gun before class…” I may have been hiding under a rock, but I’ve never heard that phrase. I assume it means holster?

  6. In Michigan, as a CPL holder who is a retired police officer in good standing, he would be permitted to carry in the classroom (not so for the majority of CPL holders).

    Not sure what rules are for NY.

    • There rules for NYC and the surrounding counties (including Long Island) are whatever the licensing authorities in said counties say they are.

      As a retired member of the NY nomenklatura, he’ll also get a pass regarding enforcement.

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