I want to believe that the USCCA readers of these posts take their gun ownership responsibilities seriously with deep care.
We’re all human and sometimes make mistakes. I’ve inadvertently left my gun in my vehicle as well and had to go back to retrieve it. Fortunately, the vehicle was locked, the gun was not visible, and no one broke into the truck and stole it.
I appreciate you taking responsibility for the loss, but you’re being too hard on yourself. Just because we forget something now and then does not give some punk license to break in, or even open a door, and steal it!
My guess is that if somebody in front of you dropped his or her wallet, you wouldn’t steal it, you would stop them and return it to them.
You are fortunate that your insurance company covered the loss. Many.automobile policies do not cover theft of items from a vehicle even if it is locked. And having a $1,000 deductible doesn’t help much in that situation, either. Policy choices are always a gamble!
I do hope that, for your peace of mind, the gun is retrieved.