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Gun group leader: Tenorio acted dangerously

Posted: Jul 11, 2018 4:38 PM Updated:

The incident involving Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio removing a police officer's weapon during the Guam BBQ Block Party last weekend isn't sitting well with the leader of a local gun group.

The president of a local gun owners group tells KUAM News Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio was not handling firearms in a safe manner when he grabbed SWAT officer Sgt. Carl Cruz's duty weapon at the BBQ Block Party in Tumon.

Ken Gibbons, president of the Guam Gun Owner's Association, disagreed with several things Tenorio did at the event. Gibbons joins two former police chiefs in saying Tenorio recklessly endangered lives when he was under the influence of alcohol and pulled a loaded duty weapon from a GPD officer's holster.

"What the Lt. Governor did was dangerous for everybody around," Gibbons said.

Tenorio does not have a valid firearms ID, and Gibbons took issue with Tenorio handling a loaded weapon after drinking beer.

Tenorio told KUAM News he had drank "two or three beers" at the event before he grabbed Sgt. Cruz's gun.

"When alcohol is involved, you definitely don't want to be handling firearms regardless of how much training you think you have, or you actually do have - firearms and alcohol never mix," Gibbons said.

Tenorio said he grabbed the gun because he was concerned it wasn't holstered properly. He offered profuse apologies today to KUAM News, but continued to try and explain his actions - which he said, were justified as the "head of public safety on Guam."

"Reaching for the sidearm of an officer is dangerous and had that officer acted appropriately, somebody could've been injured. Whether the firearm was secured or not, that is not how you present - in the Lt. Governor's eyes - a teachable moment," Gibbons said.

The Guam Gun Owners Association promotes safe and responsible use of firearms and the protection of second-amendment rights, Gibbons said.

If Tenorio had an issue with the way Sgt. Cruz was holstering his weapon, he could've addressed it differently, Gibbons said.

"He should've just pulled the officer aside and informed him - look man, your firearm's not secured, secure it, pay attention to what you're doing," Gibbons said.

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