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Hypothetical: Finding a gun?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by anapex, Aug 17, 2004.

  1. anapex

    anapex Well-Known Member

    Ok so I'm sitting here at work not thinking about work but thinking about the flower bed I get to dig up over the weekend and then my brain mixed the flower bed and guns together. So I was thinking what would I do if when digging I dug up a gun. If it was sans serial number I would probably turn it in but if it still had the serial and was in somewhat decent shape and could be cleaned up... well it'd be a hard choice. What would everyone here do? What kind of laws might there be to govern this kind of situation? For discussion sake let's make it finding a gun anywhere (IE: along side the road, in a wall in your house, on your property somehow but not in a house).
  2. SLCDave

    SLCDave Well-Known Member

    I'd say "Cool! New gun!"
  3. Jack T.

    Jack T. Well-Known Member

  4. 5ptdeerhunter

    5ptdeerhunter Well-Known Member

    When my parents first bought a house together back in like 1982 or so. My dad found a handgun in the attic. And since I wasn't born yet his interest in guns wasn't all the much so he took it to the police department and turned it in. And that was it. But if I found a gun I would like to keep it.
  5. Daniel964

    Daniel964 Well-Known Member

    I'd say "Cool! New gun!" My thoughts exactly ! !
  6. gbelleh

    gbelleh Well-Known Member

    Is there some way to find out if it's stolen without asking the cops?

    It depends...if I found it in my attic, I'd probably keep it. If it was along the side of the road, I'd be more likely to turn it in.
  7. Average Guy

    Average Guy Well-Known Member

    I believe I would make some discreet inquiries first, just to be sure it's not the weapon that will break some big case wide open.

    I keep asking my wife, a police officer, when she's going to start bringing home some fun toys for me. :evil:
  8. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    I'd feel nervous about it unless I could be sure it hadn't been stolen.
  9. Tharg

    Tharg Well-Known Member

    know a guy who found 3 or 4 guns when fishing (talk about a catch!) the one he kept was a colt single action in 45LC - his brother kept the others. So far as i know - it doesn't have serial or anything on it.. in fact it looks pretty dang rough (it was at the bottom of a river) - but shoots just fine.

    I don't see him turning it in....


  10. jdkelly

    jdkelly Well-Known Member

    Found gun, no thanks.

    Yea that's what I'd want, a gun with no known history.


  11. jcrb

    jcrb Member

    What percent of working guns that you could find in the woods, or buried your flower bed do you think were lost and what percent were disposed of?

    I wouldn't want to discover years later after some minor problem that resulted in the police having a look through my guns that I was in possession of a murder weapon.

    Only problem is if you turn it in and it is hot you better hope that the local police like you because its a sure bet you will be number one suspect unless its immediately obvious you couldn't be.
  12. Joey2

    Joey2 member

    I have found a hand gun, an Ivers Johnson .32 "owls head", I kept it and had it for about 10 yrs. I came from a small town so I made inquires and nobody knew anything about it so I kept it.

    Moving around with the USMC somewhere along the line it got stolen.

    Back to the subject, yes I would keep a gun if I found it today in a heart beat. That is provided I did not know who the owner was.'
  13. WhiteKnight

    WhiteKnight Well-Known Member

    That doesn't make one bit of sense. :uhoh:

    Here officer, I've got a gun I used to kill... *cough* I meant I found in my flowerbed.


    Would simply turning in the gun not qualify you as "immediately obviously" not the murderer? Then again, I have seen some mindboggling criminals on TV's Dumbest Criminals show.
  14. Combat-wombat

    Combat-wombat Well-Known Member

    Y'know, It's really weird you should bring that up, because I was just thinking about that- What I'd probably do, because there is a somewhat high likelyhood of it being a crime weapon, is take it, clean it, make sure it's operational, etc... And then take it to the woods or somewhere remote, and waterproof/bury it. Throughout all this, I'd be sure to keep my fingerprints off of the gun. Hey- I wouldn't want to just give up a gun, but I don't want to have it in my posession and have it turn out to be some criminal's disposed weapon.
  15. whm1974

    whm1974 Well-Known Member

    Guns used in crimes have been turn in during gun buyback or dropped in those boxes some citys have so people can turn in guns.

  16. RJ357

    RJ357 Well-Known Member

    It is not unusual for perpertrators to report the crime, find a body, etc. There must be many naive criminals that believe this will draw suspision away from themselves.
  17. P5 Guy

    P5 Guy Well-Known Member

    I'd take it to the next "no questions asked" gun buy back.
  18. WilderBill

    WilderBill Well-Known Member

    Yep, I've wondered about that, too.
    Part of me would want to just keep it. Reasoning being that someone didn't want it bad enough to hang onto it, I found it, I'll take better care of it.
    Then again, if it were stolen and the thief decided to just dump it and not risk being caught with it in his posession, I think I'd like to see it go back to it's owner.
    On the other (third hand?), if it were used in a crime, I think I'd rather not have it and try to explain that, yes, it does have my prints all over it, but I just found it...really.
    I suppose a lot would have to do with what it was, where it was, how did I feel about it that day, etc.
  19. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    "...Is there some way to find out if it's stolen without asking the cops?..." Nope. If you find a stolen firearm and keep it, you are guilty of being in possession of stolen property. If it was used in a crime, you could be charged with that crime. It also means that its legal owner won't get his property back.
    "...And then take it to the woods or somewhere remote, and waterproof/bury it..." Hence becoming a partner is whatever crime in which it may have been used. Makes you as guilty as the original criminal.
    If you find any firearm, leave it where it is and call the cops. You might just be helping them solve the murder of some kid.
    You really think losing ALL your firearms and your right to more is a good idea?
  20. oldfart

    oldfart Well-Known Member

    "You really think losing ALL your firearms and your right to more is a good idea?"

    It'll happen anyway, sooner or later. Having one or more safely stored away might be very good life insurance. I know people who have large collections of guns, old and new. Almost all of the guns are documented but there are always a few that have no paper trail. If I suggest the owner might be a bit paranoid he just shrugs his shoulders and looks away...

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