Connecticut Gun Owner Victim of Theft – Rest of His Guns Confiscated

Stamford, Connecticut: A Connecticut gun owner forgot to lock his gun up one night while it was parked, and someone stole his handgun from the glove compartment. When he went to report it, he was arrested for “reckless endangerment” and later on the charge of failure to have “safe storage” of his weapon was tacked on. Then the rest of his guns were confiscated.

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The Stamford Advocate reported on October 2,

Sgt. Jennifer Pinto said police were called to Reynolds Avenue at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on a report of a car burglary that involved a stolen gun. The owner of the car, Christopher Jerome, 26, parked his car at about 8:20 p.m. Monday and, thinking that he was going to get back into the car a short time later, did not lock the doors.

When he got up the next morning, Jerome saw that his driver’s side door was open and his gun had been taken out of the unlocked glove box, Pinto said. Jerome presented his pistol permit to officers and told them that he had more firearms in his home.

That’s when police went to his home and confiscated the rest of his weapons: a semi-automatic Glock pistol, another handgun and a semi-automatic AR-15. They also seized Jerome’s handgun permit. The reckless endangerment charge is grounds under Connecticut law to revoke the permit. His 2nd amendment rights have just been deleted because he forgot to lock his vehicle.
Connecticut’s “safe storage law” went into effect on October 1.
While a car probably isn’t the best place to keep a weapon since the windows can be broken, Connecticut gun owner Jerome simply made an error in judgment. Connecticut gun laws, and particularly  the “safe storage” one, are being “tightened,” making it extremely difficult for ordinary gun owners to comply with all of the crevices in the laws.
Mr. Jerome was released on a $1000 bail.
As we have previously reported, “safe storage” laws effectively keep your gun out of reach in an emergency. But then, that is what anti-gunners seem to want.

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Faye Higbee

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