Last month, the actor Dennis Farina was picked up in LA for bringing a .22 caliber pistol with him to the LAX security checkpoint. (story: Reuters) His explanation: he forgot that he put it in his briefcase.
Although, I can’t find a report that confirms this, I seem to remember that he didn’t have a license for that gun. And that should be worrisome enough. But the gun was also loaded. And he brought it to the airport. What was he thinking?
The answer is clearly he was not thinking about the gun. And that’s my biggest problem with this incident. He says that he forgot he had put the (loaded) gun into his briefcase. Now, if he is lying about that and he intended to bring the gun to on the plane then a serious situation was fortunately averted. But Farina is an unlikely participant in a hijacking so his story is probably the truth however to forget he had the gun is not that much better. Responsible gun owners know where their firearms are at all times, don’t keep them loaded except when they plan to use them, and generally keep them secure. Farina may have been a cop at one time, but now, as an actor, he doesn’t need an armed weapon on his waist. (Unless my impression of the acting profession is way off.)
My point is this: If a person is caught with a gun at a security checkpoint, or any other place where a gun is not permitted, and their excuse is that they forgot they had the gun, then their right to own a firearm should be revoked immediately. Clearly they have lost the respect that the firearm deserves and have proven themselves unfit of that privilege.