Wanna Hear A Joke? An Off-Duty FBI Agent Walks Into A Bar …

You've undoubtedly heard by now that an off-duty FBI agent had a negligent discharge over the weekend as he did a back flip while dancing. But, one thing that you don't hear many saying, is that it's not the gun's fault. Nor is it even the holster's fault in my humble opinion. Though a proper holster is always recommended. Then again, I'm not sure many holsters are advertised as back-flip-friendly.

Who is at fault then? Well, it's either the FBI's for not training him properly, or his fault for numerous different reasons. Or maybe it's a combination of both. But, as you'll notice, this gun did not drop-fire. It fired when he pulled the trigger.

Let's dissect this incident a bit more, shall we? First, I'm of the firm opinion that people do stupid things while drinking. And, while we don't know if this guy was drunk or had any alcohol in his system, it's an assumption we have to make because, how incredibly stupid do you have to be to do a back flip with a gun inside your waistband?


I'm not a college professor or anything, but I seem to remember something about the law of gravity taking over when things are mid-air and not being pushed forward by something like an engine or properly held down. Again, not college material here, but gravity means that things fall to the ground with a plop.

Therefore, we have to assume that a gun inside a holster that is upside down is subject to gravity, as well. Ah, gravity … something most of us never think about but are all aware of, sort of like air. We know that the air we breathe is there, but don't generally give it a second thought, because just as long as we are alive we know it's doing its job.

Just like air, as long as gravity keeps us planted firmly on the ground, most of us never think of it. We have at least a basic understanding of how it works, which is why we stay away from cliff faces, the top of the Empire State Building, and get shaky on ladders.

That is, unless we are inebriated beyond measure and our common sense drops as our stupidity rises. Again, I cannot confirm if this guy was drinking, so let's move on from this point.

The absolute most important thing ever, is that if you ever do drop your firearm you should not pick it up by placing any of your fingers inside the trigger guard. Because, as all (sorry, it's clearly not all, but most) of us clearly know by now, the gun goes bang when the trigger is pressed.

I mean, that's why we all carry guns right …? to press the trigger if we are ever in that critical incident where our lives are in danger? If we don't expect that the gun will send a round downrange when the trigger is pulled, what is it there for, then? Who wouldn't remember that?

A drunk person, perhaps? I digress … again.

I'd also like to think that if a federally trained law enforcement officer had a negligent discharge, he wouldn't just walk away from the situation without asking if anyone needed help. Instead of asking if everyone was okay, he laughed about having this negligent discharge.

You can see the entire scenario play out in the below video. Please note that this is the only uncensored version I could find of this video and wouldn't be surprised if this one gets taken down to protect his identity.

What a shame. And, when you take into account that an innocent person was actually struck in the leg, it complicates things even further.

So the title of this article promised you a joke. What is it? It's this FBI Agent making us all look bad with his negligence. This could have totally been avoided had he done any number of things differently, starting with not drinking (again, if he was), or not doing a back flip, or keeping his trigger free of fingers. And then, helping to redeem himself by asking if everyone was okay and not laughing at the matter.

I wonder if he is still laughing? Will he get in any trouble? Time will tell, but we have to assume that he would. After all, he did negligently shoot someone and should be held to higher standards as a federal law enforcement officer. Tell me what you think about this incident, in the comments below.

Also, you may want to check out our study on over 300 negligent discharges for more info on why they occur.

About Joshua Gillem

Josh is a lifelong practitioner and student of the gun. He grew up shooting/hunting with his dad, and was given his first gun, a 12 gauge shotgun, when just a small boy. After high school, he joined the Marines where his love for firearms blossomed as he qualified with an M16A2, an M9, and a 240G. Josh has been writing about firearms and tactics for several years, owns the blog Gunners Den, is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, and believes that each individual person has the right to self-defense by any means necessary. Currently residing in gun-friendly NC, he carries a concealed gun on a daily basis, even in his own house.


  1. Ralph Woynarowski on June 5, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Regarding the FBI agent.. HE is responsible. Totally, completely, without exception nor mitigation. It was blatent negligence, stupidity, irresponsible, complete disregard for firearms handling. He should be held accountable. And it has no relevence to me nor any of the other millions of competent people who CAN operate firearms resonsibly. I hope he is removed as an FBI agent, he obviously is too incompetent to be trusted with a firearm. He probably qualified during initial training at the academy and had not practiced since. Not every one is capable of safely handling firearms, he is one who is not. I dont know where this transpired, maybe in the DC area. If so, I am not familiar with their regulations, but in PA, you are NOT allowed to consume alcohol in connection with firearms (smart policy) That’s another crime he violated if applicable to his jurisdication and he was drinking.

  2. Guy Godios on June 6, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    What a great ad that would make, ” our gun is so light and our holster is so comfortable you’ll forget that you are carrying”. …..seriously, I was trained in the military and if we were that careless we would get pistol whipped with our own gun before we got dragged to the brig. This was no accident, and I’m glad we can see in the video that it wasn’t an issue with the pistol! Basic rules apply, don’t get in a hurry, don’t take shortcuts, and keep your damn finger OFF the trigger until you’re ready to shoot. Basic, Basic, Basic………thanks for listening.

  3. Jimbo on June 6, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    If you are under sidearms and struck with a sudden and irresistible urge to try out for Dancing with the Stars, be responsible and have a holster with a Working active retention mechanism, please. Otherwise, disarm. Anything else……wouldn’t be civilized!

  4. Andie on June 6, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Don’t try this at home. These are trained professionals that carry a gun for a living. I’ll carry my own gun, thank you.
    This should deflate the egos of those police chiefs for citizen disarmament. They think that only military and police should have firearms…just like in N. Korea.

  5. JERRY on June 7, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Fire him and release his name to the public.

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