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Friend found gun in new house,need help(legal)

Discussion in 'Legal' started by ChopperKen, Oct 17, 2006.

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  1. ChopperKen

    ChopperKen Member

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    A friend of mine found a 357 in his home.
    Not a problem for me if this happened, Big problem for him as he has a felony.
    Do we have any Ct. Lawyers or police on this site that know the best way for him to get rid of it?
    I'd like to see the legal owner get it back if possible
    Thanks
    Ken
     
  2. loganoutpost

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    Very Simple Call Police explain situation and have them come get it. Just call the non-emergency number listed and explain that he found a gun in the house, it is not his and he wants the police to come and get it. If gun is registered they may get it back to the rightful owner. Not sure of Conn. Laws, but I believe it would be best to get the gun out of his house right now. Is your friend on Probation or Parole if so he might also want to contact his PO after the police pick it up. Would be helpful if he had a case number. Remember the truth is the best policy in this case. Let original/lawful owner deal with police on getting the gun back. Better that your friend not be in possesion than getting it back to rightful owner.
     
  3. mikeb3185

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    +1 on letting the police deal with it.
     
  4. SoCalShooter

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    That's for me to know and not you!
    Try contacting the realtor of the home if that does not work have the police look up the serial number if they can.
     
  5. Nicky Santoro

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    Some might tell you to take it off his hands and ****. They might tell you it would be nice to have an off-paper gun when the inevitable bans/confiscations become reality. Not me, of course. I'd tell you to be a good little sheeple.
     
  6. Zundfolge

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    If you keep it and its stolen then YOU will be a felon too.

    If I was your friend, I'd have someone else who is not a felon (like you for example) be there when the police arrive and he should be across town with plenty of witnesses (make sure he hasn't left any fingerprints on the gun).

    Don't want to give overzealous police officers an opportunity to bust someone for "Felon in possession of a firearm".

    Maybe have him call a lawyer while he's at it just to be safe.
     
  7. ChopperKen

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    Good idea Zundfolge,
    I'll run that passed my friend in a few minutes.
    I was going to go pick it up and turn it in for him, but as I live in mich/R.I.
    I didn't think it would be a good idea to turn in a gun in ct.
     
  8. Phenom

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    If you keep your mouth shut you'll stay out of trouble;)
     
  9. ArmedBear

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    Did he buy the house from someone?

    Perhaps he should contact the seller.
     
  10. geekWithA.45

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    Hire a lawyer to hand it in.

    It's the only way to be reasonably certain one won't wind up in the hoosegow.
     
  11. ArmedBear

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    Legally speaking, if it's a revolver, the "gun" is just the frame.

    The rest is "parts."
     
  12. ChopperKen

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    My friend bought it from a realtor...
    He was calling a cop friend to get advice earlier today, I'll find out what happened later tonight.
    Thanks for the advice guys
    Ken
     
  13. bogie

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    Quite frankly, if he's on probation, and some cop's looking to pad his numbers for the month, he could end up in trouble. If you're NOT on probation, give them a call and tell them that YOU found it. Same results, less danger.
     
  14. BigFatKen

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    Get a houseguest to "find it" while felon is way for a while.

    Let houseguest friend call leo
     
  15. Waitone

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    DANGER WILL ROBINSON!

    You would be well advised to lawyer up and let an officer of the court deal with it. Right, wrong, legal, and just are quaint concepts having nothing to do with law. Your friend has to protect his own kester.
     
  16. ChopperKen

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    I'm starting to think it would be best to just toss it into the ocean.:scrutiny:
    Ken
     
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    Atty Ralph Sherman is pro-gun, and is a well known lawyer when it comes to gun subjects up here.
    http://www.ralphdsherman.com/ If he is looking for a lawyer, he would probably be a good place to start.
     
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    If another person was at the house to turn in the gun when the friend was away wouldnt said unscrupulous LEO assume the gun belonged to the homeowner (felon) and get him into even more trouble and scrutiny? Just a thought. I'd have the realtor or lawyer do it.
     
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    I would have tossed the sucker in the ocean (or in lake mich in your case, or any nearby lake)... especially if it's some crappy piece. Problem solved, none of this get a lawyer, protect your neck crap. Chances are the cops would probably destroy it or 'acquire' it for themselves instead of trying to look up the legal owner anyways. Just have someone 'legal' transport it to the dumping area.''

    Or just keep it 'unfound' until the local PD runs one of those stupid gun turn ins and get a few bucks for it to buy a blackpowder rifle/pistol for him that he can use.
     
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    It's just such a sad state of affairs...on so many levels...that the best course of action is not to just call the previous homeowner and tell him to come pick up his/her property.
     
  21. carpettbaggerr

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    Where'd he find it? In the attic? Behind the fridge? In a heat duct? Was it hidden, or just misplaced?
    Could it have been overlooked by the previous owner?
     
  22. bouis

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    There's plenty of case law to say that a felon isn't "possessing" a gun if he only keeps it long enough to get rid of it. Sitting on it for a couple days, hours, whatever, while researching what to do it with it might likely be the worst thing to do.

    BTW unless there's some special rule for guns, if it appears abandoned and you find it, it's yours. If it happens to be stolen the question is whether you found it under circumstances where a reasonable person would suspect it to have been stolen... check your local laws of course to be sure.
     
  23. Fn-P9

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    Clean off your fingerprints and mail it to the police in 2 boxes. One for the grip and barrel parts and the other for the cylinder. Might cost 10 bucks though lol:neener:
     
  24. gunsmith

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    I would not call police

    if I was a felon. easy one way ticket to jail.
    cant some one here like a LEO or FFL run the sn?

    take it to a park and drop it in a garbage can and call the police and report it/ stand by so no one else gets it.

    Personally I would keep it/ try to find original owner
     
  25. pendentive

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    wow...there's some umm....not so good advice here.

    don't call the police (ever suspicious)
    don't hire a lawyer (waste of hard-earned money and unnecessary)
    Instead, have a "third party" (free of felony convictions) come in and retrieve it...and keep it...or try to contact the owner...or pitch it...

    surely you have a gun buddy somewhere nearby?


    going to the police just doesn't make any sense.

    If he goes - you think they're going to believe him? they'll think he's just trying to turn himself in.

    If you go (or another friend) - they won't believe you either. They'll think you're trying to cover for your friend...or worse, taking matters into your own hands to make him "come clean".

    Unless you happen to have an "Officer Friendly" that is your best friend, or brother, godfather to your kids, etc...I would not turn it in. It's private property that belongs to someone else. What would you do if you found marijuana? Or if they left their dead cat in the closet?

    Perhaps a simple phone call to the realtor office to say "I don't want no gun in my house!" If they say "tough"...resort to plan A above (disposal by third party).

    I respect our LEOs (both on and off-board) but whoever makes that call is going to look awefully suspicious...and just begging for further questioning...
     
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