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Sources: New York homeland security chief used gun as laser pointer

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You're in a meeting with high-ranking foreign officials. You're giving a presentation, and you realize you've misplaced your laser pointer. So, what do you do?

Pull your Glock out of your holster and use the laser attached to it to point at the screen, of course!

Actually: No, you absolutely should NOT do that. But that's what New York state's head of homeland security did in a meeting with Swedish officials last fall, the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union is reporting this morning.

From the story by James M. Odato regarding Homeland Security Director Jerome Hauer:

These officials, one of whom claimed to be an eyewitness, said that three Swedish emergency managers in the delegation were rattled when the gun's laser tracked across one of their heads before Hauer found the map of New York, at which he wanted to point.

By allowing the muzzle of his firearm to point at other people, Hauer would have broken more than one of the cardinal rules of firearm safety taught by experts.

"Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction" is one of the three fundamental rules in the National Rifle Association's basic firearm safety curriculum.

Likewise, of the four cardinal rules of gun safety written by Jeff Cooper, the former Marine officer who developed many of the modern pistol-shooting techniques in use by military and law enforcement today, Rule 1 is to assume that all guns are always loaded, and Rule 2 is "never let the muzzle [point at] anything you are not willing to destroy."

Read the complete original story on the Times Union's website.