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Irresponsible Gun Owner Leaves Purse And 9mm Behind At Restaurant: Not Everyone Is Cut Out To Be A Gun Owner


PEORIA, ILLINOIS — Let’s face the fact that not every law-abiding citizen is cut out to be a gun owner. It comes with a responsibility that should take top priority, especially when that firearm is being carried with you.

A woman with an Illinois concealed carry permit went out to lunch one day with her purse and firearm, and she left the restaurant a little lighter.

The woman told police she went to Flat Top Grill, 5201 W. War Memorial Drive, for lunch on Tuesday and forgot her purse when she left mid-afternoon, according to a Peoria police report. The purse contained a loaded 9 mm semiautomatic pistol, for which she had a valid license to carry concealed.

The woman told police she realized that she’d left the gun and purse later in the evening, after the restaurant had closed for the day. She called the restaurant Wednesday morning and was told her purse had been found and she could retrieve it that day.

When the woman went back to the restaurant to claim her purse, an unsettling realization came to light; her firearm was missing.


As a gun owner and concealed carrier, it is our responsibility to know where our firearm is at all times, and to be in control of that firearm while we are carrying it. Off-body carry is a tricky subject, and this incident highlights the importance of two things:

First, the best option is to always carry your firearm on your person.

Second, bring your brain with you while you are carrying your firearm.

As much as I don’t want to rip a fellow concealed carrier a new one, the responsibility falls on this woman and her alone. Who knows where her firearm is at this moment. That’s an unsettling feeling that I never want to have myself.

But I won’t, because I’m a responsible carrier.

About Brandon Curtis | View all posts by Brandon Curtis

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • kratos13

    valid point made on being a responsible CC’er….but if she “forgot” her purse at the restaurant…isn’t it possible that she perhaps “forgot” that maybe her 9mm wasn’t even in her purse to begin with? why would a thief steal the gun but leave the purse?? and no mention of anything else being taken from the purse, IDs, money, credit cards etc…..weird.

    • dansbaby

      I was thinking the same thing. Who would leave the purse, and how would they know a gun was in it for the taking?

    • Busefalis

      Not really, could have just been target of opportunity. Someone turns in Purse, you may not pay attention. A guy walks out with a purse, or a woman walks out with 2 purses, may be noticed a bit more. Or someone who works in restaurant went through it. Having worked at a restaurant, I can tell you, a lot of felons work there because they can’t get job’s elsewhere.

  • Ice Dog

    Idiot. There is no excuse, none. You carry you have to be responsible. They should pull her permit.

    • Grant Armbruster

      She and anyone else should not need a permit. Unless you want to “pull” the Constitution?

      • Ice Dog

        There are so many idiots out there, they need a permit system. Of course drivers license has done nothing to stop idiots, so maybe you have a point.

        • Grant Armbruster

          Good men need no rules and bad men will not follow them…Plato.

  • Behind_da_Curtain

    Many an LEO has done the same thing. I’ve seen more than one story of leaving a firearm behind, right here in my own state (usually in the can). Human’s make mistakes, and always will. And no, her permit should NOT be pulled.

    • Busefalis

      I agree, but as we have seen in the past, Brandon feels very strongly about not making mistakes of this type with a firearm.

  • Drake_Burrwood

    My Mother and I left, our local I-hop about a month ago, walked out heading to our parking spot in the handicapped section. We both looked down and saw a heavy snub nosed revolver laying on the sidewalk.
    I picked up and palmed the weapon [not wanting to give anyone a heart attack walking in openly carrying the gun] and walked back in to the register. I told the lady behind it I had a “lost and found” item but that it required a Manager.
    As I waited I looked back in the eating area since it was such a heavy gun, but saw several persons of a size to CCW something that large. Sadly.. I myself am large enough to conceal carry a .45 1911. So decided not to go wandering looking for the owner.
    To make a long story short turned it in to the manager, they called the police, the owner walked out without paying looking as if he was looking for something. I asked if he was, ..
    Any at this point the police officer rolled up, the manager decided to let the officer deal with the transfer. The officer got to do his paper work the ex marine got his gun back. My mom got a story to tell my youngest son, a life NRA member. And I got to go home and take a nap.
    I realized later, I should have unloaded the thing before laying it on the counter but was in the habit of avoiding destoying evidence.
    But beyond that it makes me nervous when people complain about lack of perfection. We a all mortal with mortal imperfections, attempting to force perfection is one of mankind’s biggest imperfections.
    I didn’t assume honesty I waited to make sure either the owner was found or it was well cared for both happened. Should have unloaded it, but I’ve been more worried about what to do to avoid leaving my own gun. Not on finding another’s.
    In the end it worked fine

  • Grant Armbruster

    This is why I have never been a fan of purse carry or day planner carry.

    However, what would be the difference if some one took your car from the parking lot with a gun inside?