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Man cited for leaving gun in restroom

EGG HARBOR, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Door County authorities said a man left a loaded gun in the restroom of a fun park, after his wife did the same thing at a church in Brookfield earlier this year.

Somebody at the Egg Harbor Fun Park found a loaded .380-caliber Ruger on the floor of the men's room August 9th. It was turned in to the park's owner, who called sheriff's deputies after nobody claimed it. The gun was traced to 76-year-old Gerald Hitchler of Oconomowoc. That was a few months after his 67-year-old wife Susan was charged in Waukesha County with negligent handling of a weapon, for leaving a gun in a restroom at the Elmbrook Church in April. The charge was dropped after the defense lawyer argued that no crime was committed, because no one was ever in danger.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Door County authorities are considering a charge against Gerald Hitchler, after finding out about his wife's incident. He told a reporter it was funny, and no big deal. Nik Clark of the Wisconsin Carry gun rights' group disagrees. He tells the Journal Sentinel that leaving a gun in a restroom goes against the fundamental principle of maintaining control of a weapon at all times. Clark also said it's why children should be trained about guns, so they'll know how to respond if they encounter one.

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