What happens to the gun you used to shoot a person in self defense? I have heard everything from you get it back and go home 30 minutes after the police show up to the police take it away forever. My understanding is the police will keep your gun only if you are being charged with a crime in relation to the shooting or if the area the shooting occurred in isn't friendly to gun ownership. But recently I've seen a shift in online discussion from "you may go a while without your gun" to "You will never get the gun back as long as you live". Do you really lose your gun or do people say this just to warn others of the worst case scenario?