i found a firearm..........how do you handle it?

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    i found a firearm..........how do you handle it?

    i own a salvage yard and we buy cars from different locations, auctions ect. we were getting ready to scrap a specific car that we bought from an auction about 8 months ago and inside hidden in the door panel was 2 S&W firearms a semi auto and a revolver. what can i do? do i just turn them into the police, or is there a legal way to take possesion of them? looking for advice so i know my next move.
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    I think you can report them to the police and if they are not stolen or used in a crime you can claim them after x number of days. Just like if you found a large sum of money.
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    You will probably have to get law enforcement involved.

    Imagine if you didn't, and they were linked to "something bad", and then found to be in your possession..................

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgrass101 View Post
    I think you can report them to the police and if they are not stolen or used in a crime you can claim them after x number of days. Just like if you found a large sum of money.
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    turn them in, if they are linked to a murder or robbery it can get ulgy

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    They could even lead to a reward if it helps solve a case. This is one of those situations that isn't worth the troubles it could cause to do it by any other way than right. Turn them in to to law and hope that they are clean and forgotten so you get an unexpected gift of a few free firearms.

    Edit to add, what part of NC are you in? I may have a car for you if your close to the Hickory area.
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    I'd definitely call law enforcement. Let them know that if the guns turn out to be clean you'd like to "salvage" them. After all - that's your business. I'd find out if they were stolen or used in a murder for sure. If the police decide to keep them even if they're clean then oh well.
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    I'm just playing Devil's Advocate here but, since you own a salvage yard & have undoubtedly discovered questionable items before, what is unique about "a gun" that legally compels you to turn them in? A gun is not inherently evil nor is it any more likely to be connected to a crime than is a chainsaw or a crowbar. Are there Federal or North Carolina laws requiring a particular course-of-action? Is there any method by which a civilian can check a gun's serial number against the NCIC? After all, you have a clear claim of ownership for the vehicle. Doesn't the affirmative burden of proof therefore shift to the prosecution to connect you with any gun-related criminal activity? Seems to me your alibi is well-established unless there is, in fact, laws addressing these particular circumstances.
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    Report them to PD. This could help solve a open case , or nail down a criminal who might otherwise get away.
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    We had a similar situation here, where two guns were found in a place that had been turned over to a not-for-profit thrift store; basically, the family was pressing to be out of the picture, they turned the place over to the ministry that ran the thrift store, then headed for the hills.

    In cleaning things out, we found the two weapons, and just called the local sheriff. They sent a deputy out, he ran the serial numbers and found nothing on them, so they were ours to keep and sell.

    But you need to have LE at least run the numbers; as previously stated, if they were used in a crime and were being sought, and then found in your possession with no explanation, no amount of explaining would help at that point.
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    Very carefully! Ba dum bum! Good answers already. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    You will probably have to get law enforcement involved.

    Imagine if you didn't, and they were linked to "something bad", and then found to be in your possession..................

    Just sayin'.
    I would keep law enforcement out of it. You bought them when you bought the car.

    If you are nervous about the guns, take them to a gunsmith for a once over, that way you'll be sure they are in good working order.
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    I own a ca r rental company and we have found all sorts of stuff in out vehicles. From drugs to guns. We has a LEO leave shild and gun undre the seat of the van. To two guns left by prior customer in the headliner of a van. The two guns were found on a random traffic stop .Customer had no idea they were up there. After sitting in jail for a few days they dropped the charges on my customer. One of the guns where used in a murder.

    Def call LEO and let them run the numbers. I would hold onto the firearms if they are reported stolen and have the owner contact you. Owner may not want them any longer.
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    One thing you know for certain: they're not yours.

    One thing that's entirely possible: they might well have been used in a felony at some point, something you don't want to be accused of via mere possession.

    Thus, calling the law enforcement in your community is the only way to go. Let them handle it. They'll indicate if it's a claimable item at some point, statutes allowing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    I'm just playing Devil's Advocate here but, since you own a salvage yard & have undoubtedly discovered questionable items before, what is unique about "a gun" that legally compels you to turn them in? A gun is not inherently evil nor is it any more likely to be connected to a crime than is a chainsaw or a crowbar. Are there Federal or North Carolina laws requiring a particular course-of-action? Is there any method by which a civilian can check a gun's serial number against the NCIC? After all, you have a clear claim of ownership for the vehicle. Doesn't the affirmative burden of proof therefore shift to the prosecution to connect you with any gun-related criminal activity? Seems to me your alibi is well-established unless there is, in fact, laws addressing these particular circumstances.
    If he doesn't make a police report, he really doesn't have much of an alibi. At a later date, I doubt if the police would take his word for it, when he said " hey I found em in a junk car, a year ago." Yes the police would still have to prove that he did something illegal, which can be a pain for the person being investigated.
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