Jerome Hauer's Handgun Laser Pointer Rattled Swedish Delegates

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Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014 12:22 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Jerome Hauer's laser pointer-mounted handgun was reportedly used during a presentation by the state official during a presentation last fall, leaving several Swedish delegates rattled after the laser beam apparently tracked across one of their heads.

Hauer, who is commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, was giving a presentation in Albany to a foreign delegation when he reportedly took out his laser-mounted pistol and used it as a pointer on a map.

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The Times Union reported that three Swedish emergency managers were shaken "when the gun's laser tracked across one of their heads," while the commissioner apparently attempted to find the map of New York. Additionally, at least two other audience members also "moved quickly out of the line of the laser when he brought out the gun."

Though the alleged incident occurred it October, it was first reported on Sunday.

When asked about the presentation, Hauer's Communications Officer Peter Cutler said he was unaware of what happened exactly but admitted that he had "heard rumors," the Times Union noted.

"Your guess is as good as mine," Cutler said. "I don't have any information on that."

"I don't even know if he carries a weapon," Cutler added.

When recently approached by reporters following a meeting with the New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Hauer reportedly did not deny the incident, telling reporters that they had "bad sources." The commissioner subsequently refused to take follow-up questions about the incident from reporters.

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When asked in the past whether or not he carried a handgun, Hauer told reporters to Google his name. He was referencing a suburban New York City newspaper's interactive map showing the addresses of thousands of local residents with handgun permits that was published in December 2012.

Hauer is a top official in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration, which makes the alleged incident somewhat ironic, considering Cuomo is a committed gun control advocate responsible for passing some of the nation's strictest gun-control legislation following the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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