Yet more youthful politeness:
The gun nut says he put the gun on the floor as he was preparing for a trip to the range.
When I was in high school, back before the NRA went from a hunting safety association to a gun marketing outfit, I think I remember this from one of the gun safety classes the local NRA taught during PE:
Step One: Retrieve gun from gun rack.
Step Two: Put gun on floor.
Step Three: ???????
Step Four: Freedom.
Then again, maybe not.