Re: RARA-AVIS: Washington-- fact or fiction?

Date: 11 Dec 2001


Re your question below:

> In George Pelecanos' Sweet Forever one of the major
> charaters, Kevin
> Murphy, is a cop. At one point he parks his car near
> his house, leaves his
> gun in the car, and walks to a bar. Does anybody
> know if that rule [packing a gun on or off-duty]was
> still in effect in 1986, the time of the book?

It may have still been in effect (and may still be in effect; it's a fairly common regulation in US police forces). However, some cops observe such regs in the breech, so whether or not it was in effect, the character's actions in SWEET FOREVER are not improbable.


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