Secret Service agent misplaces weapon on Romney plane
August 29th, 2012
07:56 PM ET
6 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. AJW1371

    Leaving unsecured firearms, short changing hookers.... Go team minimum standards required!!!

    August 30, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  2. ComeBreakMe

    Woah...tsk tsk tsk. Ask Vincent Vega what can happen when you leave your fire arm "laying" around while you use the facilities. Some guy named Butch Coolridge is liable to secure it and riddle you full of bullets.

    August 30, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  3. ArtInChicago

    This is my rifle, this is my gun....

    August 30, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  4. stan

    He was probably tired after a night partying with the boys, and hanging with a dozen hookers. He was coked up and sleepy, and he lost his concentration. Nothing major. He's just protecting a candiate for the most powerful office in the world. Nothing important or anything that would require concentration...

    August 30, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  5. stan

    Allow me to say, it is very lucky that Mitt the Twitt didn't find it... he would have thought it was a hair dryer...
    And there, ladies and gentlemen, is possibly... oh god.... possibly, the next president and leader of the free world!
    The only man who can insult everybody in every country he goes to for "PHOTO OPS"... the one occasion where you are required NOT to speak....
    On the bright side, if he does become president.... although the free world will be doomed.... Saturday Night Live might become funny again.

    August 30, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  6. Sutemi

    This is why only cops should have guns.

    August 30, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  7. Georgia Girl

    It looks like the Secret Service guy doesnt take Mitt Romney seriously as President.

    August 30, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  8. pbernasc

    I think we have an end of secret service career event here ..

    August 30, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  9. NameAntonio Morales

    Security is the name. Incompetence is their game.

    August 30, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  10. Brian Hartman

    Okay, seriously now: Did they put Chief Wiggum on the Secret Service protective detail? how does one make a mistake like that, when you're supposed to be guarding someone who could, potentially, be the next president of the United States?

    August 30, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  11. Brian Hartman

    I have t agree with those who say the agent doesn't belong on protective detail. There's really no room for this at the Secret Service protection detail. It's arguable that in this context, it was harmless, because everyone was searched before getting on the plane, But hey, guess what? If you leave your gun lying around, someone could easily pick it up, and it won't matter if you search them before they got on the plane. Also, what if he makes the same mistake in a less secure context?

    The guy needs to go.

    August 30, 2012 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  12. wobbles

    I guess he dropped more of a load than intended.

    August 30, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |

    Pfff Considering whose security we are talking about, I say GOOD JOB Agent. Nicely played. Now do it on a plane with terrorists or something and then get your whole detail to safety, sit back and.... Honestly, it's bound to happen and nobody got hurt. You're gonna wish things went a little differently if this guy gets in office. Some advice to the Secret Sservice people that get that uncomfortable bulge brushingg against their bodies from time to time. Heh! Try a shoulder harness or carry something so big it requires a sling, that way you'll feel like something is wrong right away if you ever forget it somewhere and it's a great deterrent...for pesky candidates and presidents who are thinking of not taking your advice and putting themselves in jeopardy. coughcoupcoughjustkidding.

    August 30, 2012 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  14. Neopolitan Gunderthorp

    Somebody's going to get fired.

    August 30, 2012 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  15. susievkaufman

    Oh my god, how terrifying!

    August 30, 2012 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  16. chris

    looks like the service gun wasn't so secret..

    Call it the not-so-secret service gun 😀

    August 30, 2012 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  17. canadianscot

    He thought he had his gun in his hand.

    August 30, 2012 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  18. Darkguardian1314

    The last thing anyone needs is an absent minded secret service agent. I remember Gen Collin Powell at one time losing his side arm in a Vietnam. It's really bad since a aircraft lavatory is only the size of a closet.

    August 30, 2012 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  19. Peter

    I thought this level of stupidity happens only in the movies... Pulp Fiction, anyone?

    August 30, 2012 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  20. Quid Malmborg in Plano TX

    Requirements for employment at Secret Service Agent:

    1) U.S. citizenship
    2) At least 18 years of age
    3) Body temperature of 98.6° F

    August 30, 2012 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  21. Laura

    Reporters are scum. This could of been dealt with in a private manner but the smell of blood was to much for the media.

    August 30, 2012 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  22. teeteetee

    Sounds like an honest mistake to me. I'd imagine it's quite common to set a firearm on a cabinet while using the facility. :-\

    August 30, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  23. Orwell seen it before

    Sounds like the agent should be fired.
    Not-so-secret Secret Service agent,
    Are these the same guys hitting the whore houses in Columbia?

    August 30, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  24. mike.s

    We need better, common sense, gun control laws to keep this sort of thing from happening.

    August 30, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  25. Russ in Md

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

    Another name to file under my 1D10T folder.

    August 30, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
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