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Free Gun?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by teflon97239, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    A co-worker told me about an interesting "accessory" that came with a used sports car he bought last month, a gun!

    Here's all I know about it:

    - He bought the car in Seattle and lives here in Portland.

    - Going through the trunk, he looked in a storage bag for a removable roof panel and found a loaded pistol.

    - The seller was a broker who probably didn't do much (if anything) to the car while they had it for a couple months.

    - The car was already registered and licensed to the new owner when the pistol was discovered.

    I'm interested what you guys and gals might do in the same situation.
  2. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Gun? GUN?? What gun!?!?!?

    Now, seriously, tell your "co-worker":
    1. Do not touch it. "He" doesn't want his fingerprints on it.
    2. If there is no way to discretely find out who the owner is,
    a. find out if it has been reported stolen or lost. If you don't how ('cause I don't) ask a FFL, or,
    b. I'd turn it to a LEO.

    PS. PM, Wichaka. He is LEO. He'd know for sure what's best.
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  3. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    What gun?
  4. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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    The Oregon State Police Firearms Unit can check a serial # against the stolen weapons files in LEDS and NCIC for dealers and any private citizen requesting this service. There is no fee for processing the stolen gun checks. To check a firearm against the stolen record files, call 1-800-432-5059. Local Alternate FICS Instant Check Number (For use when cell phone does not allow an 800 number) 503-585-6245
  5. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Contact law enforcement and have it checked out. If it's clean it's yours.

    I've got a S&W model 32 J-frame that was buried in the glove compartment of a car a co-worker bought.
    He said he had it "checked out"--but when I bought it from him I had the SN ran. It comes back
    as "found 1977".
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  6. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  7. pokerace

    pokerace Newberg Well-Known Member

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    throw down.............
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  8. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    The liability outweighs the benefit for me. I would not want a gun of unknown origin, especially a pistol, in my possession. That "free gun" could cost him all of his Paid for Guns.
  9. elsie

    elsie Way over there on the left Well-Known Member

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    Since it involves two states, it might be considered an interstate transfer (bought the car in WA and he is resident in OR).

    That could be a lot of trouble.

  10. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    He could pull a CarFax on the vehicle, and find out who the last owner was.
  11. Nickb

    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    I'm wondering what kind of person forgets a gun in a car... Makes me think it's stolen and they were trying to get rid of it.

    But then again not everyone has their gun on their hip at all waking hours of the day.
  12. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I do, ever since the ex-girlfriends shrink called me to warn me she was out to shoot me. That was almost 30 years ago now.

    NRA Life Member, Benefactor Level
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    "A gun is like a parachute. If you need one and don't have it, you'll probably never need one again!"
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  13. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Middle of the columbia somewhere?
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  14. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    there are a few ways this could have happened - First would be grandpa/dad had stashed the gun and the family didn't know about it - sold the car after his passing/stroke/dementia. Second - stashed it there when the car was in use, put the car away for future work and never got around to it and forgot it was there.
    Oddly enough I know a guy who had a few UZI kits he had stashed in the attic of the house he had rented for several years. When the owner passed the family decided to sell off all the property and started by posting eviction notices to any renters. The place was a house with a huge attached shop which he had packed fairly full. He returned home from a road trip to discover he had 30 days or so to find a new place to live and get moved out. In the crazy rush of trying to relocate he forgot about his parts sets he had stashed away. Every time I see /talk to him if someone brings up UZIs he gets a bit upset...
  15. Benny503

    Benny503 Grants Pass Well-Known Member

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    My grandpa the one that introduced me to shooting gave me his old toyota corolla. When I cleaned it I found a loaded revolver in the trunk under neat the cover inside the spare tire. I gave it back to him and he never remember that he hAd that gun. Funny how people can forget things easily.
  16. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    In this situation I would keep the gun
  17. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Seriously, run the gun's numbers. If there's no flag, then he's GTG.
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  18. NoFlinch

    NoFlinch In a van down by the river Owner of Cocaine addicted dog.

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    Depends on what TYPE of pistol it is.:):D

    DOCUMENT all your efforts to find the ownership/history.

    I wouldn't be afraid to keep something like this if I could prove by documentation that I did my due diligence.:cool:
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  19. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I was working for AAA doing road service and had a tire change on a car. The guy was in a restaurant and just told me to find him when I done. When getting the spare out I found a weathered derringer loaded with .22lr.
    I unloaded it and when I was done told the guy I had something to show him.
    He was surprised and said he lost it several months ago and had no idea where he put it.
    Was hoping it wasn't his and he would give it to me.

    My father n law owns a large farm on ohio. Has owned the house for close to 30 years and bought it from an old guy that passed.
    About 5 years after he bought the house another old guy drove up and asked if he found the guns in the attic. Said the guy who lived there hid 5-7 guns in the attic and the family never recovered them.
    The attic is pretty sketchy and you'd probably fall through the roof if you went up there, but he did manage to find an old CZ that was used by german ww2 pilots supposedly.
  20. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    All this advice is great, except nobody is asking the most important and relevant question - is it even a cool gun, or is it just some Jennings/Bersa/Taurus/throw it in the recycling bin on the curb gun?
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