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. Dustin

    Lol! The Secret Service IS a Treasury Dept branch. They were first founded to stop counterfeiting.

    And you don't just lose a gun....I know, I carry!

    August 29, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  2. ABC

    You do realize they were first established to go after counterfeiting...so yea they were originally under Treasury...WOW! Know before you speak smartass!

    2002 The Department of Homeland Security was established with the passage of (Public Law 107-296) which in part, transfered the United States Secret Service from the Department of the Treasury, to the new department effective March 1, 2003.

    August 29, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  3. natalyab

    I guess he was very "detailed oriented" and provided his service with "due diligence". On the other hand, just wondering, what did Secret Service do on the plane again?

    August 29, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  4. Parse

    SS agents must follow strict procedure to make sure all firearms are with them at all time.

    August 29, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  5. tuishou

    It is a weapon, not a gun. The upshot? You have an unarmed unaware agent on duty. If he is not careful he will soon be promoted and given a pay increase far beyond the publics' imagination. Worked for holders boys.

    August 29, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  6. sing luvoka

    thats risky the ss has to get displinary measures immediately

    August 29, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  7. eltrip

    Formerly under Department of Treasury. Homeland Security took it over. Something I was surprised to find out was that as of 1997 Secret Service for former Presidents now ends after 10 years..... Clintons are the last to get lifelong protection.

    August 29, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  8. Jerry

    OMG. How could that ever happen. Must be some sort of conspiracy. Pffft!

    August 29, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  9. wal

    CBS guy should have said, bro is it yours. End of story. I think agent was a rookie, not a big deal. I always forget my keys in truck.

    August 29, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  10. Rn506

    Sorry, but the secret service shouldn't make mistakes.

    August 29, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  11. daeh ttub

    The responsible agent should be removed from the detail immediately and reassigned to chasing phony $100 bills in Nome AK or Fargo ND. In December. This is an embarassment to the Secret Service. Barney Fife doesn't belong on a critical protection detail. How do you forget your gun??? Absolutely inexcusable. Found by a reporter? Have you seen some of the clowns in the press pool lately? There are no second chances for any critical protection detail. Hopefully there is bipartisan agreement on this issue.

    August 29, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  12. wealthcoaches

    He shall henceforth be known as the "Lav Agent". Look it up ;)

    August 29, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  13. Githm

    Why do they call it the Secret Service if we all know about them?

    August 29, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  14. Marks Man

    Left his gun, remembered his phone.

    August 29, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  15. gmenfan54

    Well...at least the Secret Service didn't leave a prostitute on the plane.

    August 29, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  16. Jeff

    Secret Service is really making a name for themselves

    August 29, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  17. jack johnson

    I wonder if the agent was tapping his foot is why he forgot his gun?

    August 29, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  18. Dave

    Oopsie! I wasn't planning on using that anyway.

    August 29, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  19. Jimjones11111

    Unfortunately, he will be flipping burgers by the end of the week. ,

    August 29, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  20. Don

    This is being blown out of proportion. I have personally heard of this happening to other law enforcement officers, both male and female. People make mistakes. Haven't we all left something behind absent mindedly before?
    Think of the circumstances. This would be an easy thing to do in a small aircfraft lav.

    August 29, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  21. Mark 5

    This actually happens more frequently than you would think. I would cut the guy some slack.

    August 30, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  22. Bohemer

    Well, apparently he had to run to the head so fats and take such a mighty dump that totally exhausted him, so he forgot his toy there. Must be the food they serve on Romney's charter.

    August 30, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  23. FrmrMrne

    I can't tell you how many times that's happened to me.

    August 30, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  24. Mke

    Is any part of government functioning properly under Obama's leadership? Romney should just hire private security until he gets in office, and can fix yet another of Obama's embarrassing failures.

    August 30, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  25. Name joe biden

    How does an agent assigned to protect leave a loaded firearm in a bathroom of an airplane. I dont buy it. Remove him from duty. Have him investigated. This is not a brain laps it is a real problem that requires evaluation.

    August 30, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
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