After a season shooting 3-gun with the FNH USA pro team, I can say with confidence that I’d trust any of them with my life — but there’s no way in hell I’m trusting them to watch my gear. People who work with guns for a living tend to be a great bunch of people, and they also usually have a great sense of humor when it comes to practical jokes. I’m not worried about them doing anything that would hurt my score or me physically, but making me look ridiculous? Absolutely. Prime example: I asked Alex Bosco for a pistol arm brace a while back, and while he generously handed me one, it happened to be a delightful shade of pink. Now my proto-SBR looks fabulous. It seems that one Georgetown, Texas police officer saw the opportunity to mess with one of his cop buddy’s service rifles, but instead of keeping it lighthearted and fun he took things way too far. And now he’s out of a job . . .
A Georgetown police officer– who was has (sic) a disciplinary history with the Department–has been fired after an investigation found he had tampered with another officer’s rifle.
On February 2, while at the Williamson County Firearms Range with other officers, Officer George Bermudez was asked to retrieve the duty rifle of Officer David Lanier who had forgotten it at the range.
According to an official disciplinary memo from Georgetown Police Chief Wayne Nero, instead of returning the rifle, Bermudez took it to the Guns Plus gun shop in Georgetown where he talked with the clerks about manipulating the gun’s components, specifically the sights and firing pin.
After returning the rifle to Officer Lanier, on February 4 Bermudez relayed the messaging about moving the sight. When Lanier asked why, Bermudez said 12 was his favorite number. Lanier found his red dot optics and rear sights were tampered with and were “way off.” He immediately took the rifle out of service.
The lead picture for this article is a photo the police officer took of one of the employees of that gun shop handling the rifle in question.
I can totally see adding hot pink handguards or maybe clipping on a My Little Pony accessory or two. But messing with the important stuff on a rifle is a huge no-no. Especially when the gun in question is a duty firearm for a police officer, someone who might need that to protect himself or others. That’s grossly irresponsible. Especially since the rifle was back in the original owner’s hands a full day before the merry prankster unveiled the fullness of his evil plan to the unsuspecting victim.
Another pressing question: is that a silencer I see in the picture? If so, whose is it? The National Firearms Act isn’t something to be taken lightly, and possession of a registered item (like a can) without proper permission or registration is a huge no-no.
The officer in question was fired as this is the second time he’s had a lapse in judgement. Strike #1 was when he purposefully tripped a bunch of soccer players rushing onto the field (sorry, pitch) after a game. He was given a second chance, and I’d say this is a fairly spectacular way to blow that.