Police found a loaded and cocked .45-caliber pistol on a 41-year-old Norwalk man who was arrested on drunken driving charges at a sobriety checkpoint this weekend.A point raised by the Grand Prince is that being a big shot banker is the reason this guy got off so easily. Do you think he may have received preferential treatment?
Peter Mullen, 41, of 22 Princess Pine Ave., Norwalk, was charged early Sunday with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and carrying a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor offense. Police said Mullen had a permit for the weapon, but state law prohibits individuals from carrying loaded guns while having an elevated blood alcohol content.
Mullen told officers he worked for UBS, police said. According to the company's Web site, Mullen is a first vice president of investments for its private wealth management offices in Stamford. Calls to a home number listed as belonging to Mullen were not answered. The number was not attached to an answering machine.
Police say around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, officers stopped Mullen at a sobriety checkpoint set up on Elm Street. They asked him routine questions, and then for his registration, said police Sgt. Richard Phelan. He allegedly flipped past his registration twice, which led police to ask him to step out of his Audi. He failed a field sobriety test, and while being arrested, told police he had a firearm in a holster on his hip, Phelan said.
Officers found a .45-caliber Wilson Combat Pistol on his hip, Phelan said. It was loaded with eight bullets and had a round in its chamber. The gun's hammer was pulled back, police said.
Mullen initially told police he was driving from Rye, N.Y., but when pressed about not having a New York state permit for his pistol, told officers had was coming from a Stamford strip club.
He was released after posting a $2,500 bail and is due in court Feb. 10 for an arraignment.
One thing that struck me is that pro-gun folks are often complaining about the "draconian" gun laws they have to contend with. Is this an example?
...driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and carrying a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor offense.
Isn't this exactly where we can identify unfit gun owners? Aren't guys who do stuff like this likely to repeat the dangerous behavior, or worse?
Finally, I wonder about the "loaded and cocked" idea. How does that work with a .45? Is it possible to have the gun cocked and the saftey on? Would that make firing the weapon a bit faster? Is there any good reason to have a gun like that in your holster while driving in the car?
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.