Soldier Arrested After Gun Discharges Inside Apartment


One man has been arrested after police say he accidentally discharged his gun inside his apartment, damaging his neighbor's patio door.

Anthony Cunningham, 25, told police he had his loaded, cocked .45 caliber handgun in his lap while working on the computer. Incorrectly thinking the thumb safety was engaged, police say he tried to lower the hammer with his finger on the trigger, causing the gun to discharge into the floor.

Cunningham then reportedly checked with his neighbor to make sure no one was hurt.

The incident occurred at the Copperstone Apartments, located on 23 N. Circle.

Records show that Cunningham is an active duty soldier from Fort Carson. He currently is being held on a $2,000 bond.

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  • by scott Location: the barbarian on Jan 6, 2012 at 04:36 AM
    Arrested for an accidental discharge?This article isn't very clear on the reason for the arrest.Obviously ,discharging a firearm within city limits has been illegal for a while,but arrested,and put in jail for an ACCIDENT in which no-one was hurt seems a little stupid.
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      by Brian on Jan 6, 2012 at 11:59 PM in reply to scott
      It is what us in the military classify as a negligent discharge, not an accidental one. Doing that with a military weapon would have resulted in an instant Article 15 with loss of rank on the spot, regardless of if anyone was hurt or not. The point is he was recklessly handling his .45 and endangered his neighbors safety. Very lucky he didn't kill anyone with his stupidity.
  • by Employed on Carson on Jan 5, 2012 at 09:18 PM
    I'm a civilian working out on FT Carson and both of my guns are register so I can bring them out on the reservation. If I was not going to bring them out there I would not have to register them. I can only have them out there to hunt or target shoot. Although I do have a ccw I am not permitted to carry it inside of any buildings on FT Carson. To go even further I am not allowed to carry it on my person or am I allowed to carry it with the magazine in the weapon while out on FT Carson. Depending on which MP you ask one will say you need to have the weapon lock up in one box with no magazine inside of the weapon, and the magazine need to be locked up in another box, when you enter through the gates to get on Ft Carson. When you go to register your weapon on post do not carry the weapon with you on post all you will need is just the gun information like make, model, serial number, and other information about the gun. with that saaid you can register the gun while it's in layaway at a store. What is the max weapons you can register is unknown to me but I have three register so far.
  • by Bradman on Jan 5, 2012 at 04:42 PM
    .45 caliber... the ultimate antivirus.
  • by dee Location: colorado springs on Jan 5, 2012 at 01:10 PM
  • by melvin on Jan 5, 2012 at 12:10 PM
    All soldiers and DA civillians must register firearms with PMO no matter where they live if they work on Fort Carson. Even if that firearm doesn't come on post.
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      by Army wife on Jan 5, 2012 at 12:37 PM in reply to melvin
      That may have been true in the past, but that is no longer the case. FC Regulation 210-18.
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      by Army Wife on Jan 5, 2012 at 12:40 PM in reply to melvin
      Page 3 "Military personnel who reside off-post are not required to register privately owned firearms unless they intend to bring the firearm on post."
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      by Danny on Jan 5, 2012 at 09:37 PM in reply to melvin
      No melvin, they don't.
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      by scott on Jan 6, 2012 at 04:37 AM in reply to melvin
  • by John Location: Fountain on Jan 5, 2012 at 11:11 AM
    I understand the internet can be a dangerous place, but I fail to understand how this guy thought a gun would help him in this situation.
  • by Aaron Location: COS on Jan 5, 2012 at 11:07 AM
    No the do not have be locked in the Arms room unless, you live in the with on post housing other than barracks rooms, as far as I know you can have a POW (there may be a rank requirement. However all soldiers must register their POW with PMO regardless of where they live.
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      by Army wife on Jan 5, 2012 at 11:38 AM in reply to Aaron
      Soldiers that live off-post do not have to register their weapon unless they plan to bring it on post.
  • by Sniper on Jan 5, 2012 at 10:54 AM
    Some people just should not own guns.
  • by Don Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 5, 2012 at 10:05 AM
    ...but if he were a police officer, he would not have been arrested, only made to undergo more training.
  • by ex-army on Jan 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM
    What's with all these active duty soldiers and guns? Isn't it a requirement to keep personal weapons locked in the arms room anymore?
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      by Jenn on Jan 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM in reply to ex-army
      Not sure about the Army's requirements, but the AF requires that you store them at Security Forces if you live on base. Off base, you can have them in your home.
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      by Army wife on Jan 5, 2012 at 10:38 AM in reply to ex-army
      Fort Carson does not require soldiers to keep personal weapons on post if they live off-post.
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