As part of their biannual weapons qualification, Capitol Police will receive new weapons safety training to reinforce proper handling, i.e., what to do with your gun when you go to the potty, Chief Kim C. Dine told lawmakers Wednesday.
Leaving a gun unattended around the Capitol currently warrants five days of suspension without pay, but Dine and newly appointed Assistant Chief Matthew R. Verderosa, are considering increasing the punishment to a 30-day suspension — or even termination — following the May 1 report of three such incidents . "I would venture common sense will prevail and no officer will ever leave a firearm in a toilet-cover dispenser again in the Capitol complex," Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., told Dine during the nearly 90-minute House Administration Committee hearing. The chief was the lone witness.
"Hopefully, you didn't have to put a specific provision into your training manual about not leaving firearms in toilet-paper, or toilet-cover dispensers," Davis continued. "But that's a reaction. What is the Capitol Police doing to be more proactive?"