SILVERDALE — The Poulsbo man whose pistol fired when he accidentally dropped it inside Cost Plus World Market earlier this month has been charged with reckless endangerment.
Marc R. Bromberg, 58, was charged Jan. 15 in Kitsap County District Court for aiming or discharging a firearm or other dangerous weapon and reckless endangerment, both misdemeanors. Bromberg had a two-shot Derringer pistol in his pocket while inside the store Jan. 5, when it fell onto the floor and discharged. The bullet struck the leg of a daybed and came to rest in a basket.
According to the incident report, witnesses reported hearing a "bang" and saw Bromberg pick up a small pistol. One witness said Bromberg told him the sound was a balloon popping, and put a gun in his pocket.
When sheriff’s deputies arrived, Bromberg said he had his .38-caliber, two-shot Derringer pistol in the holster when he "decided to put it in his pocket while in the mall." Bromberg has a concealed weapons permit.
After the gun fired, staff evacuated the store. Witnesses saw Bromberg enter Barnes & Noble Bookstore next door. Deputies found Bromberg talking to mall security inside the store. He was not arrested at the time.
Washington residents are allowed to carry legally-permitted weapons in most public and private places, with the exception of county jails or state correctional facilities, courthouses and courtrooms, public mental health facilities, security areas of airports, schools, and inside establishments where the primary source of business is the service of alcoholic intoxicants.