Let’s not overlook this part of the Sen. Jim “Thinskin” Webb (D-WashPo) story:
The weapon was revealed when the aide went through an X-ray machine at an entrance of the Russell Senate Office Building, said police spokeswoman Schneider. She said the man had a loaded pistol with two additional loaded magazines.
Isn’t one of the first rules of gun safety to empty the chamber and remove the magazine when your gun is not in use and you are not keeping it ready to use?
Why yes, according to the NRA, it is.
ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.
Looks like Webb-O won’t be passing any NRA-sanctioned gun safety classes any time soon.