Negligent Discharge by Off-Duty FBI Agent While Dancing

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By now, you've probably seen the video of an off-duty FBI Agent showing off his "dancing skills" which includes a backwards flip. Hey, a backwards flip on the dance floor is kind of cool. As long as you don't kick anyone. But that wasn't the danger this time.

The agent was carrying a concealed firearm.

And, during the back-flip, his gun flew out of his holster and on to the floor.

But wait! It gets worse. When he retrieved the gun, it fired, shooting a bystander in the leg.

Yep. You read that right. An FBI agent decided to conceal carry in a nightclub. Then decided to do a flip on the dance floor. And when his gun fell out and he went to pick it up, it went off. 

Negligent discharge.

Besides the obvious problems with possible alcohol and a holster apparently not designed for back flips, the basic safety rules were not followed. 

A firearm will not just "fire" when it's picked up unless the trigger is pulled. And the bullet won't hit someone if the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction. 

So let's see...

  • He concealed carried into a nightclub. Which, apparently is not illegal in Colorado (according to an article by Concealed Nation). It is "illegal to possess a firearm while under the influence of alcohol." But to be fair, there's no evidence, yet, that the agent had been drinking. We'll have to wait for more information.
  • When he picked up the fallen firearm, he put his finger on the trigger, causing the gun to fire.
  • And, he wasn't careful about where the firearm was pointed.

Listen. Anyone who owns a firearm knows the four rules of gun safety. The first three:

  • Always treat every firearm as if it is loaded. And in this guy's case, it clearly was.
  • Never point a firearm at something you are not prepared to destroy (like, oh, I don't know, the guy next to you on the dance floor?!).
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire. 

This guy is an FBI Agent. He should know the firearm safety rules better than the rest of us!!!

Honestly, this is just another story that gives fodder to the gun-haters and makes the rest of us look bad.

The agent's identity hasn't been released. The Denver Police Homicide Unit is investigating the incident.

If you carry, think. Please. Carry responsibly.

Stay safe...


According to an article by the Valley News, "The victim, an adult male, was taken to a hospital in good condition."

The agent's identity hasn't been released. The Denver Police Homicide Unit is investigating the incident.