DRAPER, Utah (News4Utah) — A mother says she saw a gun on a diaper changing station inside the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper.
Crystal Mundt says another woman found it in the women’s bathroom just outside a children’s play center called Tiki’s Island before telling her and calling the police.
Sergeant Chad Carpenter with the Draper Police Department says the gun was loaded.
“The officer was able to take the firearm, make it safe (and) unload it,” said Sergeant Carpenter. “We have custody of the firearm right now. Nobody was injured in this at all.”
Sergeant Carpenter says the Draper Police Department has not identified the owner.
They believe this incident was an accident, so they do not plan to charge them with reckless endangerment.
They hope the owner comes forward to reclaim their gun.
Mundt says this incident made her feel obligated to tell her 3-year-old daughter about the dangers of guns.
“I told her what happened because she didn’t understand why we were hurrying out,” said Mundt. “She said ‘mommy what’s a gun,’ and I had to explain it to her.”
“Kids are curious and anytime a firearm is left out,” said Sergeant Carpenter. “If you ever find a firearm obviously don’t touch it. just keep other people away from it and immediately alert police.”
Mundt says her children could have shot themselves. She wants tighter security in public places to further prevent such a tragedy.
“We need greater gun safety legislation,” said Mundt. “We need people who aren’t leaving their firearms in places that are accessible to children whether it’s in their private home or in a public place like this. They need to be held accountable.”
The aquarium released a statement on the incident:
“The Draper Police are handling this and will contact the owner to find out what happened. The Aquarium has a posted no weapons policy and the safety of our guests and staff is always of the utmost importance to us.”