“A local woman found a spent bullet in her Hamburg Turnpike home last Sunday afternoon, triggering an investigation that led to a neighbor’s house,” northjersey.com reports. “Police then spoke to the neighbor who advised them to talk to her 45-year-old son, Zoltan Cseh. The Riverdale resident had recently purchased a Beretta M9 (a 9mm semi-automatic pistol). [Lt. William] Jernstedt said that the gun owner was staying with his mother during renovation at his own home. When he told his mother he had a gun in the house, she said, ‘I hope it’s not loaded.’ To put her mind at ease . . .
“He pulled the slide back to show where it was empty,” Jernstedt said. But because of the gun’s design, “when he did that, it loaded the weapon and it fired.”
As the company’s lawyer said when pols claimed they wouldn’t bail out of gun-averse Maryland, “Beretta doesn’t bluff.” That said, they don’t fire without a trigger press, either. Anyway, this went down in New Jersey. Provided you’re not a sworn police officer, an ND in NJ puts you in a world of trouble.
Based on their investigation, police charged Cseh with criminal mischief and discharging a firearm within borough limits. They seized the gun and removed Cseh’s firearms purchaser identification card pending the outcome of the case in Pompton Lakes Municipal Court.
Can you say “goodbye, gun rights”? Sure you can. [h/t AFB]