Skidmark sends in this story to go with the picture:
Forgetful cop leaves rifle on trunk of car
SEATTLE — The Seattle Police Department is apologizing for an assault rifle left unattended on the back of a patrol car Monday night, and has launched an investigation into the matter.
First published by The Stranger, Nick Gonzales snapped a picture last night of the menacing-looking rifle on the trunk of a Seattle Police car. It was around 9 p.m. and the car was parked outside the Roosevelt Hotel, near Pine and 7th Avenue, with no police officers in sight, said Gonzales.
Gonzales is lucky as hell the Seattle PD didn't arrest him for daring to take a picture of a police vehicle...
I don't know what Washington's laws are regarding safe storage, but I can guarantee two things if that had happened in Massachusetts (which does require that firearms be locked up or have trigger locks):
1. If it were me, I would lose my LTC and most likely be charged with a crime; and
2. If it were a MA cop, the same thing would happen to him as will happen to that Seattle cop: nothing.
I especially like how he drove off with the rifle still on the trunk. At some point, the rifle was removed from wherever it was the PD stores them while in transport - I would guess/hope they have a case or holder of some sort in the trunk. It was then taken out and put aside, and then placed on the trunk - and immediately forgotten. The cop was so distracted he didn't notice a friggin' rifle sitting on the trunk of his car. That's scary right there.
What's especially funny - in the sickeningly ironic sense - is that if a random cop happened upon a random car in a parking lot with a rifle sitting on it, chances are pretty high that the owner of that rifle would be in a world of hurt. I'm torn over whether that's a good thing or not - I consider it very much like a car with the doors unlocked and the engine running. While we should, in a perfect world, be able to do that, the world is in fact imperfect. I'm not saying it should be a felony, but it should at least be a ticketable offense - do something that stupid, you deserve to pay for it.
The good part about this story, though, is that no one got hurt and I guarantee you that officer is NEVER going to live this down...
That is all.