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December 5th, 2012 02:56 PM
New to Forum and Really hope You guys Might be able to help me!!!!
Hi everyone I registered for this forum because everyone seems very knowledgeable and I am in a bit of a situation. I live in Florida and I know the laws are quite different down here as far as registering and buying/selling guns. Here is my problem: I was in a five-year relationship that recently ended. During that time my Fiance bought me two different guns that were a gift to me, both 22's ( a rifle and a handgun). I used them at the range and was under the impression,and told,that they are my guns. When I moved out the other day I took them with me. He is now telling me that he is going to call the cops and tell them that I stole them from him and have me arrested and that it is a felony, even though he gave them to me. The guns are not registered in his name. I have called the sheriffs office and have tried to do some research on my own as to what the laws are here. I believe he is just trying to threaten me but I do not want to get in trouble. I have an appt with an attorney on Friday and we are going to discuss it as well. I am really hoping you guys might be able to give me some insight or some advice. I know you cannot provide legal advice but I'm sure someone has been in my situation before. If you know anything that would help me that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.
December 5th, 2012 03:02 PM
from Central Florida!
The attorney route is the best thing you can do, that said however, it might be cheaper to give the guns back and start over.
Unless the guns ARE in your name and you have a receipt, I don't think the fight is worth it.
Count your losses and move on.
Also keep in mind that stealing guns is serious, but so is making a FALSE police report. Being under the 'impression' that the guns were yours is one thing, proving it is another.
If you have proof the guns are yours, then remind your 'ex' friend about 'making false police reports'.
Proverbs 27:12 says: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”
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December 5th, 2012 03:05 PM
While I appreciate you joining our forum to get guidance, my best advice to you would be to contact a competent attorney in your area who specializes in the gun laws of your state.
Doing or not doing something because of what 'someone on the forum said' is not wise, and won't get you far if you ever have to go to court over it.
December 5th, 2012 03:08 PM
Thank you, the guns are not the only thing he is trying to screw me over on it is just one aspect. The cops have been useless in retrieving any of the items he stole from me that I do have receipts for. I'm just wondering if anyone knows the process because the guns are not in his name either. So can he legally come after me for the guns that were gifted to me? I have witnesses
December 5th, 2012 03:09 PM
I’ll second the recommendation for an attorney, it will be money well spent to protect you.
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December 5th, 2012 03:12 PM
Originally Posted by Thunder71
Absolutely agree with above reply. What I do not understand in your statements is the fact that the guns are not registered so who is to say they are or were his guns in the first place other than him having the sales receipt for the guns. If he "sort of bought them" with no real proof, since when does he think he can convince anyone that he owns them--they are in your possession and they are yours. His wild accusations sound like a lot of junk talk from an aggrieved former boyfriend. Probably a letter from your attorney informing him of his harassment will end this "bluff" on his part.
December 5th, 2012 03:12 PM
Thanks my appointment is on Friday to meet with the attorney. I was just trying to see if all that is necessary or if you guys know things that I do not. I'm trying to get information from all angles :)
December 5th, 2012 03:13 PM
Here's what I would do:
1. Return the firearms immediately; they're not worth the hassle. Do record the make, model, and serial numbers of the guns. You don't need to mess with criminal charges of any king, rightly or wrongly filed.
2. Contact the local PD, explain the situation to them, and request an officer accompany you when you return them. I'm sure they'll oblige.
3. Go to the appointment with the lawyer. IF you really want the firearms (what's their $$ worth?), ask him/her about how to go about getting them back.
Break-ups, divorces are seldom "amicable." Getting into fights over material things only makes things uglier. Let the lawyer deal with it.
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December 5th, 2012 03:14 PM
The cost to have an attorney involved will probably out weigh the cost of two 22's.... my $.02
December 5th, 2012 03:15 PM
Exactly what I think!! He bought them from friends or from private owners. Not from a shop or anywhere that would give him a receipt. One of the guns that he bought though from his friend is still registered in the friends name. So my ex. is threatening me that his friend will be filing a claim that the gun is stolen!!! I never even knew that it was still registered in his friends name and it has been at our house for probably two years. just craziness!!
December 5th, 2012 03:16 PM
Welcome to our forum!
This is one of those situations where I tend to be a little less diplomatic than some folks.
Sounds to me like it would be worth it to give them back to him just to get him out of your life.
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December 5th, 2012 03:17 PM
I'm just pissed because he took some of my most valuable and prized possessions and I do not want to give him the satisfaction of getting the guns back!!! I just dont want to get in trouble or arrested. That really is my only concern.
December 5th, 2012 03:18 PM
Hope all works out for you and Welcome from Michigan.
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December 5th, 2012 03:20 PM
As far as I'm aware, Florida doesn't 'register' firearms.
Also, as someone stated previously, the cost of the .22s isn't worth the cost of a lawyer to get them back. You could go buy both of those weapons yourself for less than you would pay the attorney to fight for them for you.
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December 5th, 2012 03:21 PM
I think I am just going to meet up with a cop today and discuss it with him. Then probably have him escort me to the ex's house to deliver the pistol that is registered in his friends name. Thanks everyone for your input!