After School Shooting, Omaha Cops Rethink Gun-Storage Rules


The Omaha Police Department is reviewing its off-duty weapons storage policy in light of school shooting in which a teenager used his father's service revolved to kill an assistant principal and himself. The Omaha World-Herald says the local gun-storage policy is “is more vague and arguably looser than many agencies' policies.” Robert Butler Jr. shot took the gun from his father's bedroom closet. The officer had a gun safe, but the weapon was not in the safe. Police have not said whether the gun had a trigger lock on it.

The Omaha Police Department policy says: “Officers will not store or leave a firearm in any place within the reach or easy access of a minor or unauthorized individual.” Police are trained and encouraged to use gun and trigger locks or gun safes to store their weapons, “but that is an individual's responsibility to do so,” Omaha Police Chief Alex Hayes said. That's acceptable to the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation Standards. The Omaha Police Department is one of several hundred agencies nationwide to have earned accreditation from the commission, which requires intense review of policies and procedures. Another national organization, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, recommends the following regulation in its model policy on firearms: “Officers shall be responsible for the safe storage of their duty weapon and any other personally owned firearms when not in their personal possession by using trigger locks, safes, gunlock boxes, or other means approved by the department armorer or range master as designated by this department.”


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