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HELP! I lost my gun!

Discussion in 'Legal' started by RandomFool, Jun 26, 2007.

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  1. RandomFool

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    Dear THR,

    I am in desparate need of your help. I have done a terrible thing. This morning on my way to work, I got my keys, cell phone and wallet together with my daily carry piece and extra mag which I keep in my car at work. I set my gun and magazine on the roof of my car while I filled my pockets and started to dry a load of laundry before I got in the car. I was in a hurry, because I was a little late.

    I drove to work and worked all day, and drove home at 5 this evening, the usual time, and as I do every day, check the compartment where I keep my gun to make sure it is still there. It wasn't, and neither was the spare mag. I thought I must have just left it at home because the car didn't look broken into, since I have left my gun at home on occasion.

    When I got home after a little while I started to get nervous about my handgun. It wasn't anywhere to be found. When I remembered that I left the gun and magazine on the roof of my car in the morning, I ran to the garage, and amazingly the spare mag was still there but the gun was GONE! It was in an Uncle Mikes grippy IWB holster, so I have already traced all of my driven steps with a friend (which is only two highway exits away) and found nothing.

    I am so worried and scared that someone found it and is playing with it or something awful. I am scared as heck and I don't really know what to do! I had the idea to call the local police station using SKYPE or something untracable to ask if anyone had turned in a handgun today, remaining anonymous, just to hear if they had. I don't care about the gun, if I never see it again. I just want to know someone isn't going to rob a store with it or blow their friend's head off, but at the same time I don't want to go to prison, if in fact that's what would happen, even though I probably deserve it.

    I am of course writing with an alternate name because I am so embarassed about this I don't want anyone to know about it. I think I will never carry again.

    PLEASE someone give me some advice.
     
  2. GigaBuist

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    I'd post your state of residence in the thread. Some have requirements with regards to reporting stolen handguns. Michigan is one.

    With that others might advise you on what to immediate actions you should untake to legally protect yourself.
     
  3. RandomFool

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    I'm in Washington State.
    But the problem I have is that it wasn't actually really stolen! I don't know the legal repercussions of essentially throwing a loaded gun in the middle of a field and leaving it. Can I report it stolen without having to explain just exactly how it was stolen?

    Oh man my stomach hurts. I've never been literally sick with worry before.
     
  4. igpoobah

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    Call the cops and report it lost. Better now than after someone uses it for the unmentionable.
     
  5. RandomFool

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    I'm going to go do another lap. I'll come back and read your responses very soon. I can't just sit here.
    I'll respond to any questions or anything in about 15 minutes.
     
  6. HeedJSU

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    Lost, stolen, report it. As long as it's legally yours in the first place, I don't think you have anything to worry about. Your bigger worry comes when 10 years down the road a pistol registered to your name is used to commit a crime. Tell them the truth. they're human; they'll most likely understand.

    REPORT IT. You'll be fine.

    Justin
     
  7. Don Gwinn

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    If it's not where you left it or where you lost it, then somebody took it. Tell the cops what really happened.

    Don't bother posting about it on a message board; there's nothing we can do about it.

    I sincerely hope you aren't some poster from Robyn Ringler's blog who thinks it's really funny to pretend the Wooding case is being repeated.

    Assuming you're serious, read this link to see what could happen if your gun is out there in public somewhere and some kid picks it up. I don't post this to scare or sicken you, just so you understand that there are worse things than embarassment.

    Logically speaking, the chance that someone took it off your driveway but left the loaded mag there is nil. That means the mag fell off and the gun didn't, so you're right to check your route. Check it some more.

    Call your local TV station and tell them anonymously that someone lost a pistol along that road? People need to know somehow.


    Again, if you're some chowderhead from Ringler's blog, this isn't funny.
     
  8. JCF

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    Personally, I would report it. Regardless of what the technical legal obligation may or may not be.
     
  9. Bezoar

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    you must be crazy or trolling for a news article if you havent reported a missing gun to the local police. Its the most basic thing to do when a gun dissapears. For one thing, as long as it is considered NOT LOST/STOLEN by police, any crims commited with it are pined on your own ass, and not the 16 year old who may have foudn it in the ditch and knocked over a gas station with it.
     
  10. AndyC

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    Responsibility comes along with gun-ownership - report the loss.
     
  11. RandomFool

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    I have called 911 and am waiting for a deputy to call me now. The mag was actually still on the roof of my car when I got back, not on my driveway.

    If you all aren't to disgusted at me, I'll post whether they're about to arrest me or not.
     
  12. sig228

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    Huh?

    If it's not where you lost it?????????

    LOL!!!!

    (From a moderator.............more LOL!!!):rolleyes:
     
  13. igpoobah

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    I wouldn't have called 911, just regular police # should suffice. But what's done is done.

    People make mistakes, by admitting that now you could save yourself a lot of liability later.

    There shouldn't be any arrest; it's not a crime to lose a gun. Irresponsible, yes, but I doubt it will ever happen to you again. Lesson learned.
     
  14. lanternlad1

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    Losing a gun isn't a crime. You are human, just like the rest of us. Any one of us could have done that - beating yourself up is counter productive.

    Just make sure you have the Make, Model and Serial Number to give the police. It's important you report it, just in case it has been found and might be used in a crime. Reporting it stolen will help absolve you of guilt in the (hypothetical) crime it is used in. I just hope it wasn't an expensive gun too. That would be the rotten icing on a crappy cake.
     
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    Just try to relax. You have done the right thing by calling the police, so just wait until they arive and tell them what happened.

    Keep us updated.
     
  16. RandomFool

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    Alright, I just got off of the phone with the deputy. I'm kind of a fat guy, but I think I know what it's like to suddenly weigh hundreds of pounds lighter:

    Someone found my gun on the freeway at 3:00.

    This means that from 8:30 am, when I drove to work, the gun was run over nonstop until 3:00. He said my gun is a little scuffed.

    The gun was a Taurus PT145, and was bought last week. I haven't even had a chance to break the darn thing in! I have fired it for functionality though.


    He said he didn't think I would be in any trouble, but I should bring my box, reciept, and CPL (WA st CCW) in to prove that I am the owner and get it back.


    Lesson learned is an understatement. I am never carrying ANY OTHER WAY than IWB. If it's not on me, it's not with me, period. If I continue to carry, that is.

    Thanks for your help THR. I have had a few experiences with police that have been 99% incredibly negative, so I was hesitant to call the station. Thanks for helping me do what was, in the end, obviously the right thing to do.
     
  17. nvshooter

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    You got lucky, RF. Next time, give your heat the attention it deserves because of what it is. I always devote my full attention to where my guns are when they are not under my bed-- even when I am at the range with my fellow clubmembers. I trust no one with my steel...
     
  18. S&W620

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    Glad to hear everything worked out for you.
     
  19. igpoobah

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    That pistol will have character now, and a good story to go with it. Consider yourself lucky. Glad it was found by a good guy.
     
  20. RioShooter

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    By any chance is this your first gun?
     
  21. old_22LR

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    Your not ready to own a firearm! People like you make it easier for anti-gun nutts to come down on gun rights.
     
  22. sig228

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    Sounds like a real life "Guns and Ammo" tortute test. It will be interesting to see if it fires.
     
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  24. kingpin008

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    I'm sorry, but I'm gonna have to agree. If I'm carrying a pistol intended to save my life, I'm going to know where it is AT ALL TIMES. Not just because I may need it, but because as a concealed carry holder, it's my duty. I understand that you may have been running late, but that's no excuse. Think if some neighborhood kid had come along as you were busy puttering with the laundry, and capped himself or someone else with your gun. Pure accident, but a purely STUPID one, and totally preventable.

    I'm glad that you ended up getting the pistol back, but make no mistake that it was luck that made it happen. Once again, that person who found the gun could have kept quiet and done some bad, bad things with it and it would have been preventable had you been more responnsible and given the weapon the attention it demands.
     
  25. Archie

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    "Keep your words soft and sweet, you may have to eat them."

    I'm glad everything's okay, RF. This is one of those 'one time' mistakes. You'll remember this lesson for a good long time.
     
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