Review cites prison guards' problems with guns and alcohol

Mar 20, 2015 6:34 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's inspector general says the state corrections department has a problem with off-duty prison guards brandishing or carrying firearms while they are intoxicated.

A report released Friday says one correctional officer danced atop a bar while drunkenly flashing his gun several times at private citizens in the tavern.

Another drunken officer pointed a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun at a citizen's chest during an argument.

The inspector general says they are two of seven incidents since June 2014 that show the department needs to automatically and immediately revoke permits to carry concealed weapons for officers caught drinking alcohol while possessing weapons.

Correctional officers are allowed to carry concealed weapons off duty.

The inspector general says the department should follow the lead of other state law enforcement agencies that have revocation policies.

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