Poor Gun Safety: Congresswoman Has Unsecured AR-15 Stolen From Her Garage

October 23 2013
by GSL Staff
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stock_DDM4LE-SSPWhile I hate to criticize gun owners, when someone does something wrong they should be called out for it. Hopefully no one else will make this mistake. It would have been such a simple task to prevent this.

Renee Ellmers, Republican Congresswoman from North Carolina, had an AR-15 rifle stolen from her home this week.

The weapon was left unsecured, leaning up against a gun safe in an unlocked garage.

The rifle belongs to Ellmers’ college age son and after a day of shooting, the rifle was left in its unsecured location.

According to the News Observer, a gun case and a GPS were also stolen in the burglary.

According to the article,

The police report did not indicate whether there was any ammunition in or near the gun or whether there was a lock on it. And unless the gun has been stolen by a minor, it appears unlikely that the reportedly unsecured status of the gun would open its owners to any charge under state or federal gun laws…

…North Carolina’s gun-storage laws apply only when a minor gains unlawful access to a gun and discharges it, according to Charlotte attorney Thomas Faulk. There are no federal laws requiring gun owners to lock or to prevent minors access to their weapons, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which advocates for gun-control measures.

The Congresswoman was in Washington DC when the incident occurred.

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