26-year-old Akele Spencer was arrested after having pointed his handgun-mounted laser at a plane as well as at a Northwestern University police officer.
Initially, a pilot of United Airlines reported to the FAA around 2 A.M. that a laser was shining into his cockpit over Clark Street Beach, according to Evanston Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew.
Evanston and Northwestern University Police Department both responded, and upon arrival, Spencer was pointing the laser mounted on his loaded handgun at a female NUPD officer.
Spencer, who has a concealed carry permit, was arrested and charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon for having it on a beach containing signs prohibiting firearms. Other charges include misdemeanor disorderly conduct for the use of the laser pointer.
You would think or at the very least hope someone with a concealed carry permit would know better than to commit an idiotic act like this. We can hand this person the irresponsible gun owner of the day award.
These kinds of actions only put a bad rap on the rest of the responsible gun owners doing their part in making sure they can protect themselves and any other innocent lives.
This irresponsible gun owner should be fortunate nothing worse happened to him as he pointed, let alone the laser, but the gun as well at a police officer.
As responsible gun owners, we cannot take the fundamentals of firearm safety lightly.