A Glock was left at my home a few months back. I have made attempts to get the owner to pick it up but he has not returned to retrieve it. I am currently not licensed. Would someone be able to advise me on if/how I can legally mail or transport this firearm. The FedEx and UPS sites are a bit confusing.
Tell the guy you're going to turn it in to the police to destroy if he doesn't come and get it. And follow through if he wont. Just be sure not to walk into the police station with a gun.
If he wants it but won't come to get it, you need to find a gun shop near him, and then ship it to that shop from your local shop. It will cost you anywhere from $20 - $50 for the FFL transfer fee (paperwork) plus actual shipping charges; so make him reimburse you. Whatever you do, DO NOT mail it or ship it via FedEx, UPS, or DHL on your own!
A few questions...1) How do you know that it is a Glock and/or gun? 2) Is the owner the person who shipped the gun? 3) How was it shipped, i.e. FedEx, UPS, USPS etc. 4) Was this package addressed to you or correctly sent to your address?
If the owner mailed it to you and won't come and get it, that should raise some serious red flags. I wouldn't take it to the police department myself, but I would arrange for it to get there and destroyed.
Well, the owner is a male friend who just sort of disappeared a few months back. He is a Law Enforcement Officer so I'm hesitant to turn it over to my local PD for fear that there will be repercussions to him considering he should be more responsible with his firearms. Especially if its a department issued side arm. Its a 27 (w/ankle holster), very popular with police.
We are both in FL (a few hrs apart) but currently have no contact. I have attempted to reach him but recieved no reply. Yes, I realize its very strange!
If I'm understanding you all correctly, I can ship it from a dealer to a dealer and just advise him of where he can pick it up?
1) It says its a Glock right on the side. Glock 27 Austria .40
2) The owner never shipped it to me but left it at my home after visiting.
This is a very confusing/embarassing situation. The owner was someone I was dating (or thought I was). We spoke several times in the weeks after he left it and he repeatedly stated that he'd just get it when he came back. Well that was months ago and I have not heard from him nor has he replied to my effort to reach him.
Its been 3 months, its not my gun but as long as its in my home, its my responsibility and liability. Its absurdly irresponsible for him to leave this at my house. I have children through here, realtors showing my home as well as numerous robberies in my neighborhood in the past few months am I'm not licensed to have it.
I just don't know what to do.
Sorry, Kitty. I didn't mean for you to have to go into all of that. I don't know the gun possession laws of FLA. Good luck.
He's a LEO and left his gun?? Forget the shipping it to him. Call your local PD, explain the situation, and see if they will send an officer over to relieve you of the responsibility of a gun in your home that you don't want. As for the repercussions for the guy that left the gun, oh well. He should have know better. If he does contact you and wants the gun, give him the name and number of the PD department and let him try to get his weapon back from them.
Thanks! You guys are great. I'm relieved to hear from responsible gun owners that I'm not over reacting. This truly is bad gunmanship, especially for a LEO. I'm also glad I didn't go driving it to UPS only to get arrested myself!
I'd like to assure all of you that I have stored it in a secure place in my home out of reach of children and/or eyesight of any other visitors and will deal with it responsibly even if he won't.
Well here is a suggestion that no one has made yet...
Buy some ammo and KEEP THE GUN! These are some of the most desirable guns on the market and for many people, its a Glock or nothing.
Glad I made it to the right place with you guys here to help!!!
On a side note, do you know if the gun is loaded or not? If you're not sure, and do not know how to clear the gun (we can explain it if need be) whatever you do, DO NOT touch the trigger. Glocks do not have the traditional manual safeties other guns do and if it is loaded and you hit the trigger hard enough, it could fire. Just look at what happened to poor Plaxico.
If he is LEO then it apparently is not his duty weapon or he's already in a butload of trouble. If you keep it he can easily say you stole it and you could be in a butload of trouble.
If he bought the weapon new then there is a paper trail that leads to him. I can't see a cop not taking advantage of the discounts that Glock give LEO but even if he got it on his own if it was from a shop there is a paper trail.
I'd turn it in so that weapon then has no ties to you. Some LEO are not all that nice an can use their badge to do a he said she said and the LEO will likely come out ahead there.
"I was dating her your honor and she must have taken it from me when we had what I can only describe as a bad breakup".
I guess if you could show the attempts to get him to retrieve the weapon then it can be considered abandoned property then it's yours.
Does Fla require a lic to own or just carry?
Last edited by DevilsJohnson; 05-03-2009 at 05:45 PM.
I'd feel better if it were cleared so any help would be appreciated.
push the button on the near the trigger guard and drop the magazine. Then without your finger in the trigger guard and pull the slide all the way back. The chambered round should fall out then and just let go. It will be empty then,
Not sure about FL laws yet.
Personally, I wouldn't even try to gain ownership in this situation. Unload it, and turn it over. That's just me...
in your state. You left a paper trail trying to get him to get it. After that time limit lapses it's abandoned property. Take a safety course and enjoy your new to you weapon
Todd, your Awesome with the YouTube! I plan on giving him a bit longer to do the responsible thing himself (say 30 days past my last inquiry-more than fair) then I'll turn it over.
I haven't shot hand guns since I was a teenager with my Dad back in the fields behind our house. I live in a city now so would have to go to a range. I've thought about taking it up as a hobby for years but just never did.
Meeting all you guys has motivated me to finally do it!!! I'm gonna sign up for the next wkd course. Hopefully, its like riding a bike. I'll be back for your thoughts and advice on what gun may be best for me.
Again, I'd like to say how impressed I am at all your eagerness to help and educate me.