TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN — A man walked into Pangea’s Pizza Pub on May 30th with his handgun, and left without it.
The man, 40-year-old Brandon Reed Martin, used the bathroom in the pizza shop and for some reason, set his firearm on the bathroom sink. And left it there. Loaded.
He walked out, left the pizza place and seemingly went about his day. He must have been doing two things in succession: He was wearing a ridiculously comfortable holster that allows him to not feel his firearm at all, and he decided to take the day off from paying attention.
Employees found the firearm on the sink and called police. They came to confiscate it, and proceeded to find the owner.
Martin has a valid concealed carry permit in the state of Michigan, and was hit with a misdemeanor charge of reckless use of a firearm.
Some will say, “People make mistakes, it happens. Hopefully he learned his lesson.” To that, I respectfully point out that the man left a loaded firearm in a public bathroom, of which anyone could have come across. As gun owners, we do not have any margin of error to play with. One mistake is one too many, in my eyes.
Do you think he should be charged with anything? Do you feel the current charge isn’t enough? How accountable should a person be for doing something like this? Should his permit be taken away? Chime in below and share your thoughts.