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Posted over 7 years ago

 

BECKWITH, W.Va. (AP) — A burglar broke into a police officer’s home and stole handcuffs, a 40-caliber Glock service pistol, a police radio and a duty belt.
The burglar also took $2,175 worth of other items, including a PlayStation 2 game console, video games, a portable DVD player, a cell phone and cash, State Police Cpl. R. C. Workman said.
Workman said the unidentified officer and his family were not home when the break-in happened.
He said the gun, valued at $500, is a model that could be purchased anywhere, but the $1,800 radio is not an item a civilian would have.
Police do not know whether the burglar knew a police officer lived in the house, Workman said.
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So what is his excuse for leaving his gun laying around for someone to steal it? Hope he knows, if it is used in a crime, he is legally liable for it. Wow, stupidity on his part for letting it lay around. Could care less about the other items stolen but a Glock pistol...I would be mighty worried about that.
Sure hope they dont issue him another one for him to just leave lying around the house. Goddamned lucky it wasnt some little kids who broke in and then shot themselves with it pretending to play cops and robbers.
Sorry, but stupidity on his part....hope none of you leave your gun just lying around for someone to steal. I mean, isnt that why they invented the contraption called a "gun safe".

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Rate This | Posted over 7 years ago

 

Should he have secured the weapon...yes. I'm not sure I agree with the liability issue. His house was unlawfully entered and a firearm was removed. I believe that the actor would be held liable.

Would you be held liable if someone stole your vehicle and and ran over a kid with it? Don't think so.

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Rate This | Posted over 7 years ago

 

Should he have secured his weapon in a better location? Probably. But if the gun is eventually used in a crime the blame should fall on the mutt who burglarized the officers home. The officer did nothing wrong. Everyone, including police officers, have a certain expectation of privacy in their own home. You hope they don't issue him another gun? Way to support one of your own!

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Rate This | Posted over 7 years ago

 

not trying to bash him...here where I live, if you leave your gun where it can be accessed, either by means of openly having it in a place where it can be stolen or just simply taken, it shows that YOU..wether or not you are LEO or not, it shows negligence on your part in leaving a deadly weapon for someone to steal. You can be held liable should someone use that weapon in a crime...it doesnt matter if you're LEO or not, you are ultimately responsible for that weapon.
When I meant that hope they dont issue him another, I meant hope the give him a desk job pending the investigation as to wether that weapon was secured in a secured lock box or safe. I'm sorry if it offends you but you just dont leave a weapon out for someone to steal. Here in California, you are liable if your gun is used in a crime if it is determined that your weapon was NOT kept securely in a safe place or locked in a lock box, or has some kind of lockable device preventing discharge.
I'm not trying to offend anyone but maybe it was the way I was raised around guns. My Dad taught me to NEVER leave your weapon out where it can be either seen, or gained accessed to, either forcefully, or by means of theft. I dont even show my friends my gun safe and tell anyone where my guns are. Thats just how I was raised and I dont mean to offend anyone by my comments towards that officer. He should of had it locked up securely where it couldnt of been accessed. Geezus, I am starting to sound like a damned Liberal...

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You aren't offending me at all, I agree that the weapon should have been secured. I have two sons and my firearms are secured in a safe which is in a locked closet. The only one that's left out is placed where it can't be accessed by them and goes with me when I leave the house.

California is one of the worst when it comes to firearms laws. I failed to look at your bio to see where you were located, but now that I know it doesn't suprise me. I guess that if all the guns are gone/banned there would be no crime, because god knows IT"S ALL THE GUNS' FAULT.

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LOL @ " IT”S ALL THE GUNS’ FAULT"

I just had an argument with one of my girlfriends friends the other night about this. He went on saying how guns should be illegal, "ALL GUNS". I asked him why, his answer......... "GUNS KILL PEOPLE". I said "NO, people kill people". Making ALL guns illegal will not stop the criminal mind, PERIOD. He kept going on and on and on. No sense talking to someone like that about guns. He obviously has NO CLUE what he’s talking about. But, I bet if he was in a potential violent situation and a law abiding citizen came to his rescue with their "LEGAL "hand gun he would think differently. These people have no clue.

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Rate This | Posted over 7 years ago

 

If you really want to amp it up use this one: GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE...BULLETS DO!"

I say it from time to time (not around liberals who will call for the immediate ban of ammunition), and you should see some of the looks I get.

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Where do you get off saying that this guy is irresponsible? I leave my weapon in a location that is easily accesable for me. I am in and out. When I am in bed I don't want to go to the closet and play with my safe if someone is breaking in or I need it in a hurry.

Now lets get to the point at hand. I would consider a locked home to be secure. It is not like this guy left is sitting on his front porch. If you have no other reason to secure your weapons at home, such as childeren, guests or a long vaction, I would consider my home a secure environment. What about empathising with this poor guy for someone violating his personal space.
Ever have shotguns in a glass case next to the fireplace? I grew up with that. How easy to break the glass and remove the guns? I am not bashing you just like you are not bashing him, but it is this liberal attitude that keeps the bad people out of jail for the things they do because it is someone else that is to blame. I do not know all the facts behind this case, but I doubt that he left the gun sitting in front of the window where the bad guy could see it and it was OK because the bad guy was tempted to break in becuase he saw it and just couldn't help himself.
This Poor cop did nothing wrong. Again, the gun was secured inside his locked residence. That to me is secure.

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Well the thing is yes hes got kids (family) which means its extremely unsafe, I have see and heard of horrible accidents. Although even if his weapon was properly secured the robber could have taken whatever it was secured in and later broken it out or removed it. If it was a wall safe with a digital lock, could have broken the chunk out and possibly used a passive computer system to override the lock. Does that mean the officer is liable? No. People are not considered liable if their dangerous property is on their private property! 4th amendment allows homeowners to keep arms in their house should they need to protect themselves. (sorry im sure it was the 4th, may have been different). Lets just hope the firearm wasnt loaded at the time. Now if he didnt report it stolen then yes there COULD POSSIBLY be liability issues. How will it look if their is a murder and the cop never reported his stolen service weapon. The end!

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Rate This | Posted over 7 years ago

 

The 2nd Amendment is the one dealing with bearing arms, and it is convoluted by modern standards. The 4th Amendment deals with search and seizure.

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Rate This | Posted over 7 years ago

 

Laws coming out of California will be the undoing of all of us. Now you can't drink bottled water if you work for the city of San Francisco. What's the matter with people out there?? My house, my gun, my business...

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unfortunately, California is very lefted winged liberal state here. Greedy politicians ruining our system left and right. Giving illegal immigrant drivers licenses, giving them free welfare and medicare. The white man is the minority here in this state. A white guy could go into the welfare offices and apply for welfare, he'll get turned down. But the illegal alien behind him will apply and will recieve it with open arms.
I saw ten years ago, a mexican family in the grocery store buying stuff with food stamps and all. They leave and go to put it all away in a brand new Chevy Silverado Pickup Truck.
Special interest groups like that shit and live for it. I might as well change my name to Julio Martinez and maybe then I could reep all the benefits that the honest hard working citizen cant even get. But yet, the illegals are getting all this free shit out here and I gotta bust my ass off for it. Whats wrong with this picture. Yeah you're right, the laws that come out of here will undermind the entire nation, hell its already happening.
Not being prejudice against Mexicans here, its just what I see here is the truth. Sorry, not trying to offend anyone...
Rights?? What rights, we dont have any out here....

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I read all the comments and have to say there's some good ideas there. Let's go back to the first posting with the news articel. What does it say specifically about the theft of the Glock? Very little except it was stolen during a break-in of a police officer's house while he and his family were away. We have NO information about where the Glock was located, how it was secured, whether it was loaded or not, etc, etc, etc. Unfortunately, everyone of you is commenting without knowing all the facts. First, this officer is a victim of a felony crime and our sympathy MUST be with our fellow brother officer. Second, this officer probably lives in a small town (I couldn't find Beckwith's location in my Rand McNally) and his residence is probably known, so the actor may have targeted the house simply because it was an officer's residence. Lastly, if the occupants were not at home, the actors had time to search the house and take whatever valuables they wanted. Even if the Glock had a gun lock on, they could have taken it. The point of this comment is that we each live in a residence we hope is secure and will not be broken into. We all make decisions on how we store valuables whether they are firearms, checkbooks or antique dolls based on a reasonable respose to a perceived or known threat level. A glock in a time locked buried safe may be beyond a crack user thief's ability to steal but even top line safes can be compromised. Point is, we need to safely store our weapons but keep them readily accessable. Somehow, we have to begin to hold the criminal accountable for his actions instead of asking the gun owner why he didn't do this or do that. Be safe out there!

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right on hpd, i noticed everyone was ready to attack the officer. i dont think it would matter that the house was locked, or if he had an alarm, or if it was in a travel safe. everyone is always ready to serve up the cops. it is society that needs to hold the criminal responsible, we go out to get them and they give excuses to let them go.,,as all great civilzations we are falling like rome.

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I guess i feel complelled to comment because i am a WV girl and I know the area they are talking about it isnt a major city with major crime so it is not like he left it on a table in the middle of New york.....Secondly I have to agree with several people on it was crazy to leave a gun out when not home but i dont know how many times I have locked mine away and then thought about the what if i need to use it i gotta fumble with the key so i leave it out and hidden...Another question i have is would this have been such a big issue if it was a civilan whom left there gun out and it got stolen...