NC Highway Patrol Trooper has negligent discharge, and what do they say about it? (Scroll down to second story at link)
“Stuff happens,” said Sgt. Jeff Gordon, the patrol’s spokesman. “When you go to the restroom, you have about 10 pounds you have to take down to do … whatever.”
“Stuff” happens? But wait, there’s more
Civilians taking firearms training are typically coached, as a precaution against accidental discharge, not to have a round chambered in the weapon unless they intend to fire.
However, troopers and other law enforcement officers are trained to have a round chambered even when their weapon is holstered, so they are ready to draw and fire immediately when a life-threatening situation occurs.
I have never been told anything this stupid during any of my self defense or concealed carry courses. In fact, most people argue that empty chamber carry is a bad idea.
I hope that SGT Gordon was horribly misquoted. I don’t want to think that one of our Troopers is this dumb.
Update: I spoke to both the Trooper and the reporter. Update here.