In another example of our paranoid and hoplophobic society, police scoured a Madison, WI neighborhood last Saturday morning after residents reported ‘a man in camo’ carrying a shotgun down the street. Everything worked out in the end, but a law-abiding hunter found himself the object of intense police scrutiny for a little while . . .
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
The Madison Police Department said in a statement that the man, a University of Wisconsin-Madison student, had been hunting outside the city and was unable to find parking close to his residence. He decided to walk home from his parked vehicle with an uncased shotgun, police said.
The man never pointed his weapon or made any threats, and he was not arrested or cited, the department said.
Props to the cops for keeping their cool and not calling out the SWAT team MRAP.
This hunter is NOT an Irresponsible Gun Owner Of The Day. Leaving a gun in a car in Milwaukee might be borderline irresponsible due to the risk of theft; this guy was forced to make a less-than-optimal choice because he couldn’t find a close parking spot. Reports indicate that he forgot to wipe the camo greasepaint off his face, but I’ve got to hand it to him for the effort of going hunting while living in an urban area.
I guess the takeaway here is that you should always have a gun rug (or even an old blanket) handy when you transport your guns in crowded areas.