Judge takes Lynchburg man's concealed carry permit away for one year
A man by the name of Wayne Meredith Latham, who accidentally shot himself in a public restaurant with his concealed carry pistol, has been ordered by a judge to pay a $500 fine and give up his concealed carry permit for a full year. Furthermore, the judge also ordered the police to destroy the .45 caliber Glock 36 that he used to shoot himself with, instead of returning the man's gun to him, as his attorney had requested.
Like many other people who have these sort of accidental discharge incidents, this fellow was carrying his Glock 36 loose in a pocket with no holster. The gun discharged when he reached into his pants pocket to get money to pay his bill, wounding him severely in the thigh.
The prosecutor in the case argued before the court that the man had been reckless, by carrying the Glock loose in his pocket, along with a number of other items. In making his decision, the judge said that he fully agreed with the prosecutor on that point.
Latham's attorney argued for leniency, saying that the gunshot wound was punishment enough. However, Judge Edwin Burnette said that Latham had endangered the lives of others, and thus further punishment was warranted.
Did the judge come up with an appropriate punishment for this crime? Is there a moral to this story? I think that there may be more than one.
I'll certainly never understand why some folks are so lazy and careless to carry their concealed handguns in this manner.
Here is a detailed news story about this court case and shooting incident: