Can you get guns that were turned into the police back?


July 31, 2007, 08:41 PM
Today my girlfriend came home from work and told me something that absolutely one hundred percent made me sick. I mean honestly, i physicallly felt (and still to some degree feel) ill. Apparently a friend of her's at work had a relative that recently passed and left a lockbox with "a 45 and a 44". Based on the descriptions the 45 was an automatic and the 44 a revolver. However, her friend, being afraid of having a gun in the house put them into a bag and TURNED THEM INTO THE POLICE!!!!:cuss::banghead: I'm sorry to use caps, but i'm shocked! My question is this, Does anyone know if theres anyway that she can get them back? If so i'll explain to her that the guns are more than likely valuable, or at the very least could be sold for some cash (or maybe given to a friend? wink wink). I'd really like to find out as soon as possible (though i suspect that they can't be gotten back). My only hope is that they can be gotten back somehow, so if any of you can give me even a shred of hope, it might make my stomach no longer sour, and i just might even stop pacing relentlessly as well. Thanks for your help in advance.

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July 31, 2007, 08:49 PM
I think if she mistakenly gave guns away that were not hers to give away you could, wink wink back atcha

July 31, 2007, 09:06 PM
It hurts just to read about it.

All you can do is ask! Worst that can happen is they say no!

July 31, 2007, 09:09 PM
It hurts just to read about it.
I know what you mean. I mean i almost physically felt ill when she was telling me about it! Of course, i had visions of Original Colts and S&W 629's dancing in my head. However, i did talk to my girlfriends friend and i guess they might try and get them back. Hopefully i can be first in line to try to buy one :)

July 31, 2007, 09:09 PM
Yea convince her to call the precinct and ask if she can get them back, as she just found out they were her grandpas (have her make up some story). I wouldn't suggest you calling, but get her as she was the one who dropped them off.

Update us on what happens, i'd like to know.

Bazooka Joe71
July 31, 2007, 09:12 PM

That's just tragic...Hopefully she can get something worked out.

Ragnar Danneskjold
July 31, 2007, 09:15 PM
Why is she still friends with that moron?

July 31, 2007, 09:22 PM
I used to service several local PD evidence rooms i the area

One day I walked into a small town evidence room and there were two 55 gallon garbage cans full of guns

Not your typical buy back guns, but Garands, 1911s and even some double rifles
On top of the pile in one of the cans was a Python with Ivory grips

A recent widow had turned in her husbands collection because she didn't have any use for them
The sergeant that escorted me in was visible tearing up

A few months later I heard a news report about an evidence clerk in that town being dismissed and charged with stealing evidence room property over a period of years

I know it's wrong but part of me always hoped

July 31, 2007, 09:25 PM
I think another piece of my heart just broke...I would atleast ask.

July 31, 2007, 09:25 PM
%It costs nothing to ask--better if someone well connected goes with her to ask--is anyone involved in the power structure? I'd be nice above all else--it costs nothing to ask--also, did she get a receipt? Any proof about chain of custody/ lawful ownership? Who was Grandad's executor?

Hate to say, but it would be nice to know if you're chasing nice gear or old junk---impossible to guess.

And once again, reason No. 891 why gun nuts should give away their best hardware to trusted loved ones before they die (at least lawful title, if not custody).

July 31, 2007, 10:02 PM
I can't speak for the law in your state, but in PA if the person is not the executor of the estate then you would be able to get them back.

The executor would have to submit an affadavit to the court and they would be returned.

July 31, 2007, 10:33 PM
Where do people get the idea that guns belong to the police?

August 1, 2007, 12:02 AM
somehow i doubt it. i just cant see the police going "ok heres your guns you didnt want yesterday back"

August 1, 2007, 12:10 AM
BLACKBEARD - "Where do people get the idea that guns belong to the police?"

Because everyone knows that only the police should be allowed to own guns. And the Second Amendment says so, too! Everyone knows that.



August 1, 2007, 12:52 AM
Hopefully this works out.

Ala Dan
August 1, 2007, 02:24 AM
I think it would depend on departmental policy, more than anything else.:eek:
If she turned them in to headquaters company "for safe-keeping", more likely
than not they were entered into a file folder "as weapons belonging to the
department". They may be used for training purposes at the academy, or
serve as some officer's personal sidearm; maybe even just put too rest on
a shelf in the evidence room. Who knows? But, the tragic thing is the fact
that I don't believe they will be returned very easily~! If the department
is a large urban type (Metro Detroit, DC,and Chicago as a few examples),
this most likely will be the case; whereas if if were "Outback Kentucky",
she might could conjure up a good ole' fashioned story 'bout grandpaw's
guns and get 'em back~! :scrutiny::D

Sage of Seattle
August 1, 2007, 02:55 AM
I had some pistols held by the police for safekeeping; they were not considered confiscated, which I believe would have made a difference. About a year and a half later, I contacted the police department and with help from a friend, got them returned to me. Obviously, my situation is not quite the same thing, but you did ask for some kind of hope.

This happened in Seattle, BTW.

August 1, 2007, 03:40 AM
I had this wife once,let me say that again once,and that fine speciman of a beast and I were going thru a divorce as I wouldent accept the fact that she had a crack dealin boyfriend,that just wouldent sit right with me,so out the door she goes,trouble was so did my gun collection that she knew i treasured since 13,well after obtaining a court order for the police to give them back ,I had all of them returned but not without a struggle ,one lady in the property room said she could not allow me to walk out of here with all those guns ,I said why not,the judge said its ok and there my legaly purchaced guns ,she got pissed of course and I was sent all over the building by her when i got back someone was there that looked like they knew what was goin on and that kind gentleman had my firearms all loaded up for mr to take possisson of,thank you very much,seems like my local pd dept really dosent like its citicens to have AR-15 s or M-1 garrands etc thats what i collect mostly military weapons ,try to ask very nicely ,tell them there was a mistake made and could you please have them back im sure they will give them to the owner.

evan price
August 1, 2007, 07:07 AM
"Felt physically ill...?"

You've got to be kidding me.

These are guns you never saw, never owned, never knew anything about, didn't know existed until this story was told to you, and you are feeling PHYSICALLY ILL that they are being turned over to the PD.

I guess that's what the antis mean by people with an unhealthy obsession.

While I agree, giving away perfectly good guns is silly, reacting like this is even sillier. And people on the other end of the internet feeling just as "physically ill" are even worse.

Maybe priorities should be re-examined...?

They are not your guns. They were never your guns. The owner may do what they please with their property. It's not like they are anything more than metal, wood, plastic, etc. Odds are, they will never BE your guns, because someone as deeply gripped by hoplophobia would never let you beg, buy or borrow those guns, because they just want them to CEASE to EXIST and never cause anyone any trouble ever. In their diseased minds, giving them to the cops (to probably be destroyed) means they will forever be out of reach.

Oddly enough (and she would probably have a mental breakdown if she found out) many police departments take the guns that are otherwise legal, were not used in a crime, and are worth reselling, and sell them wholesale in large lots to major dealers all over the country. A major dealer in my city frequently gets crates full of guns from all over that were police seized property, some of which are very nice, and offers them for sale at their stores. I was told that these guns are either guns taken because the owner can no longer own guns, or were found at crime scenes or during search warrant execution, or people with 18USC922(g)(9) (Lautenberg Amendment, Domestic violence convictions).

We will never understand the hoplophobes and their terrified ways.
But really.

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