STAMFORD — After reporting that his gun had been stolen out of his open car on Monday night, a city man was arrested on a reckless endangerment charge.
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.
Under a new law that went into effect Oct. 1, Jerome was charged with a misdemeanor count of unsafe storage of a gun in a motor vehicle in addition to the reckless endangerment charge. The new law makes it a crime to store a gun in a locked car if it is not also put into a safe, locked in the glove box or stored in the car’s trunk.
And it gets worse. Te police confiscated all the weapons he owned plus if found guilty in either charge, he will lose his gun permits.
My post about cars being broke in and the necessity and responsibility we as gun owners have to make sure our weapons are secured did not fare well. I even got accused of victim blaming!
I really don’t get the cavalier attitude when it comes to guns in cars. Simple methods for securing a gun inside a vehicle are available and are inexpensive, but suggesting we do so offends the sensibilities of some apparently. The problem of people breaking into cars is not going to go away anytime soon. It behooves us that we do our part and even should start a campaign so other gun owners join the simple idea of locking guns in cars or simply locking the cars to begin with.
If we do not do it ourselves, government as no problem coming up with a law to force-you-or-else. Ask Jerome how is he feeling about it.