Secret Service agent misplaces weapon on Romney plane
August 29th, 2012
07:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Secret Service agent misplaces weapon on Romney plane

(CNN) – A United States Secret Service agent traveling with Mitt Romney accidently left a firearm in the lavatory of his charter airplane Wednesday during a trip to Indianapolis.

The firearm was discovered by a reporter for CBS News/National Journal, who told a flight attendant about it, according to a story posted by CBS News. Romney was traveling from Tampa, Florida to Indianapolis, Indiana to deliver a speech.

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Romney, who will formally accept the Republican presidential nomination Thursday, was seated in the front of the airplane that consisted of campaign aides, reporters and U.S. Secret Service agents.

"We are aware of the incident," Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said in a statement. "We take the care and custody of our equipment, especially firearms, very seriously. This matter will be dealt with internally and in an appropriate matter."


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. BJ McCoy

    Yeah we know... It's Obama's fault!

    August 29, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  2. sirock

    obama didn't do it BJ everyone knows that Bush guy is always trouble he was trying to frame obama

    August 29, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. Ireportwo

    Good security? Not!

    August 29, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. Obama2012_yeah_right

    CNN continuing to be delusional about Romney's big scare for Obama. Two months ago I would've thought Obama had it sewed up. Now? Dead heat and trending the other way. The CNN moronwriters are wetting themselves and writing article after article about how the Romney campaign is falling apart. Trouble for them is – it is not falling apart at all.

    I am sure CNN won't have the guts to let this by their spineless moderator.

    One other thing – I notice polls taken ON this site end up 55% democrats, 15-20% Independent, and 25-30% Republican. So don't let the liberal lazy crowd comments scare you.

    Vote Romney/Ryan 2012.

    You can hit delete now moderator. It won't matter.

    August 29, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. rude

    Rmoney is going to outsource that secret service job.

    August 29, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. MIke

    Not seeing why this is a big deal. I mean, sure, from a personnel standpoint, this is not going to look good on the guy's annual performance review. But what's the worst that was going to happen? Does Romney let people on his plane who'd be likely to pick up the gun and point it at someone?

    August 29, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  7. pop

    Secret Service got fired.

    August 29, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  8. Tom

    Well..... at least he found it.

    With all these guns everywhere, someone's bound to forget where they put theirs.

    August 29, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  9. Resolve

    Pull the "agents" out, and put prior service members in there. Pretty sure they'll get the job done, professionally.

    August 29, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  10. Exactly why..

    Exactly why we will never accept further gun control measures from this incompetent government. Between Fast and Furious and events like this one with their agents, the government does not have the credibility to regulate firearms.

    August 29, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  11. also

    Things happen on the runs.

    August 29, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  12. Dennis

    CNN, NBC, and especially MSNBC will not report anything the least bit good about Romney,his wife,or his kids..

    August 29, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  13. Sarah

    It's a conservative plane, EVERYONE on that plan was carrying. Who cares who left a gun in the lavatory?

    August 29, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  14. RESISTANCE

    The Secret Service is a total joke now. Getting caught with prostitutes and now leaving their duty weapon in a bathroom ? It looks like the standards have fallen way,way, way down. These kinds of actions are a huge embarrassment to this country. That guy needs to be let go and let him be a meter maid someplace. Obviously he can't handle the responsibility of carrying a firearm that is intended to protect our president.

    August 29, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  15. NoNeedForAName

    Re : Obama2012_yeah_right

    You said "two months ago I would've thought Obama had it sewed up." You may have thought that, but you would be wrong. Nothing has been sewn up for anybody, and most polling taken pre-convention is useless. Campaigns aren't getting a huge amount of prime-time coverage, so it's only really politicos that are paying attention. The conventions is when politics hits the spotlight for a lot of people, so it's around this time polls tighten and more accurate polling can take place.

    While you may think the Obama campaign is falling apart and Romney is trouncing him – you'd be mistaken. The only states have have changed from one candidate to the other in awhile are VA and NC. VA is now "leaning obama" and NC is now up in the air. What does THAT tell you?

    August 29, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  16. Ramrod

    Testing, testing, one, two, three.

    August 29, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  17. Woody

    Since to be in law enforcement you don't need a college education this is not surprising .

    August 29, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  18. mikrik13

    Maybe he left it there for Romney just in case he might need one.

    August 29, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  19. jon

    This is why all secret service agents should have their skin modified into holsters.

    August 29, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  20. Daphne

    CNN writers, there is no such word as accidently. It's accidentally.

    August 29, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. vincent

    I am sure that the secret services agent made a mistake, but this can only be classified as a definite OOOOPPPSSSS!!!!

    August 29, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  22. John

    @Woody: Right, Wood. Because everyone knows a college education makes people smart. Although I have a college degree and consider myself relatively intelligent, I know HUNDREDS of graduates who are essentially functioning morons. Oh, and by the way, there are many police agencies (including mine) that require a four-year college degree to even apply.

    August 29, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  23. Clear and Present Thinker

    Stay away from Romney! Incompetence is contagious.

    August 29, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. Michael

    This IDIOT leaves his weapon on a plan, and its not the first time some sort of Officer has left weapons on planes or in public places and they still will not allow law abiding citizens who have permits to carry concealed the right to carry in an airport or on a plan. Need to go back to the old west! law abiding citizens were just that and the criminals got what they deserved.

    August 29, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  25. j14401s

    Is there still a Secret Service? If there is, they are on a very bad trip with the public. Join congress in that instance. Seems like both are failures.

    August 29, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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