A handgun is NOT a laser pointer. Repeat, a handgun is NOT a laser pointer.
This passage or some variation thereof may wind up in future Homeland Security employee training manuals, after New York state Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerome Hauer, in the course of a state emergency operations meeting in Albany, used a laser sight attached to his loaded Glock 9mm during a PowerPoint presentation delivered to state and foreign emergency management officials in October, to highlight points on a map.
The Albany Times Union, who initially covered the story wrote,
[box type=”shadow”]”…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.”[/box]
Hauer, who reportedly carries the loaded weapon everywhere, including into government buildings in violation of state law, is said to often be “unsteady” following a stroke he suffered in 2007. Officials both from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office and that of the NY State Homeland Security and Emergency Services have largely declined to comment. When the Times Union pressed Hauer’s communications officer Peter Cutler about the incident he said simply, “your guess is as good as mine.” On the matter of Hauer’s regular carrying of the weapon, his representative was largely at a loss saying that while he knew his boss was licensed to carry a pistol, he wasn’t certain if any loopholes or special permissions had been granted for him to do so in state and government office buildings.
Neither Hauer, nor any state officials have denied the incident in October took place, but have been largely silent on the matter otherwise. When asked directly by reporters if he indeed used a firearm as a laser pointer, Hauer is reported to have stated, “you have bad sources,” before declining further comment.