Officer Marcus Gonzalez, who is the the spokesman for the police in Douglas, Arizona, has now filled me in on exactly what happened at that meet-and-greet last week by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) — the one where somebody dropped a gun.
“Apparently, there was no police report taken, the reason being that it was an accidental drop of a gun,” Gonzalez explained to me. “Apparently, a male gentleman that went to the meeting had a gun holstered on his side. And when he sat down, it fell out of his holster.”
Police were not called to the scene, but were already there to maintain public order and provide security for the Congresswoman. They immediately looked into this, and it turned out the man owned the gun and was legally carrying it — like our friend in New Hampshire, he was legally carrying the weapon out in the open, and did not need any concealed-carry permit.
“We’re not really conducting an investigation on this, because there’s not really an investigation to conduct,” said Gonzalez.
I made sure to ask Officer Gonzalez whether the gun went off when it fell. It did not.